asphalt 2016MCLEAN COUNTY, Ky. (10/10/19) — Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Department of Rural and Municipal Aid Commissioner Gray Tomblyn II announced $197,888 in discretionary funds for vital resurfacing work in the cities of Calhoun, Island and Livermore.

Resurfacing repairs address existing surface cracks, potholes, raveling, and base failures, KYTC District 2 Spokeswoman Keirsten Jaggers reports.

“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.”

In Calhoun, resurfacing work will help fortify the overall transportation network for the region and support safer roads for the traveling public.

“Our streets have not been repaved since the 1970s, according to our records,” Calhoun Mayor Ron Coleman stated. “The Municipal Road Aid we receive barely covers the cost of pothole repairs. Thank you for recognizing the needs of small cities like ours.”

Island Mayor Vicki Hughes noted the value revitalized roads would bring to her constituents.

“The city of Island is extremely grateful to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet for discretionary funds to resurface our city streets,” Hughes saud. “We will benefit greatly from the efforts of Gov. Bevin and his team to improve our local roadways. It will make a significant impact on our community.”

Livermore Mayor Jesse Johnson echoed similar sentiments for the road improvements.

We are thankful and appreciative to Governor Bevin as well as the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet for addressing a dire need in our community and funding it with these discretionary funds," said Johnson. “We look forward to taking these funds and applying them to the streets that have been determined by the state to be in the most need.”

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.

“I’m pleased to see that McLean County has received funding for these much-needed resurfacing projects,” Sen. Matt Castlen said. “I look forward to their completion knowing the community will benefit greatly from upgraded roadways. I’d like to thank the Governor for working with the General Assembly to ensure we have funding for road repairs throughout the Commonwealth.”

We are thankful and appreciative to Gov. Bevin as well as the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet for addressing a dire need in our community and funding it with these discretionary funds,” said Mayor Johnson. “We look forward to taking these funds and applying them to the streets that have been determined by the state to be in the most need.”

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.

Rep. Jim Gooch Jr. also praised the partnership between area legislators and the governor.

“I want to thank Gov. Bevin for working with the General Assembly and our local officials to invest in these much-needed road improvements in McLean County,” Gooch said. “This funding will help us improve the quality of our infrastructure, giving our citizens safe and smooth roads to travel on.”

The cities are responsible for administering the work, and KYTC will reimburse each for the projects, Jaggers indicated.

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