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MADISONVILLE, Ky. (9/20/19) — Hanson city officials met with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Department of Rural and Municipal Aid Commissioner Gray Tomblyn II Thursday at Hanson City Hall.

Tomblyn announced the city will receive $74,828 in discretionary funds for vital resurfacing work on Mill Street, West Madison Street, and Ray Lane. Resurfacing repairs address existing surface cracks, potholes, raveling, and base failures. The investment supports Gov. Matt Bevin’s commitment to prioritize transportation infrastructure projects and increase economic opportunity across the commonwealth.

“The Bevin Administration continues to focus on taking care of what we have at both the state and local level to address critical infrastructure needs that improve safety and support job creation and retention,” KYTC Secretary Greg Thomas said in a statement. “This funding builds upon existing transportation investments and allows the Cabinet to collaborate with local governments to identify projects that will have a large impact in communities.”

Hanson Mayor Jimmy Epley previously identified the roads as being among the most critical in the city, saying he knew the roads needed to be repaired, but did not know how the city would ever afford it.

“The city of Hanson is very grateful to Gov. Bevin and the Transportation Cabinet for this award,” Epley said. “Our annual Municipal Road Aid monies don't begin to meet our street maintenance and repair needs, so these additional funds are much-needed and appreciated.”

Projects submitted to the Department of Rural and Municipal Aid for discretionary fund consideration were evaluated by the KYTC district staff to assess the condition of roads and determine the most critical needs based on factors such as safety, economic impact, and traffic volumes.

“Roads drive Kentucky’s economy,” said Sen. C.B. Embry. “These much-needed transportation improvements will promote commuter safety and enhance infrastructure in Hanson and the surrounding area.”

The roads set to be addressed provide access to more than 100 homes.

“I want to thank Governor Bevin for working with the General Assembly to prioritize needed funding for roads in our small towns,” said Rep. Jim Gooch. “This is a good investment in safe, quality infrastructure in Hopkins County, and will ensure that our citizens have smooth and safe roads to drive on.”

The Hanson City Council is responsible for administering the work, and KYTC will reimburse the city for the projects.

Epley said repaving work is planned for completion before cold weather arrives. 

Resurfacing work will address:

Mill Street (City Street 7001) — resurfacing 0.70 miles
West Madison Street (City Street 7004) — resurfacing 0.25 miles
Ray Lane (City Street 7013) — resurfacing 14 miles

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