Troup County employees honored for work on massive boat ramp

The Troup County employees responsible for the massive boat ramp installation at Pyne Road Park were honored by county officials Tuesday.

Last month road department engineers installed the record breaking boat ramp on West Point Lake. The push ramp set a world record as the largest boat ramp ever moved into a body of water, the county said in a press release.

It took five bulldozers to push the 324-ton concrete slab. It connects with another slab to form “a six-lane mega-ramp.” The project was funded with a state “Go Fish” grant, which is offered to attract fishing tournaments to areas.

The Troup County Board of Commissioners honored the county roads and engineering employees who worked on the undertaking during a board meeting Tuesday. Those recognized were: County Engineer James Emery, Project Engineer Kevin Kinnersley, Road Supervisor Doug Smith, Engineering Technician Ricky Littlefield and Construction Foreman Charles Brock.

"These five men worked together to accomplish something that had not been done before, here in Troup County or anywhere else," Commission Chairman Ricky Wolfe said according to a press release. "How they approached this project and came up with a workable solution shows the ingenuity of the county’s road department and its engineers."

The Pyne Road Park boat ramp is the largest of its kind and the only such ramp in the region. Troup County officials hope it will facilitate large fishing tournaments. So far, the ramp is set to host the 2011 Bassmaster Elite Series next May.