ashalt roadMADISONVILLE, Ky. (10/12/19) — Two Muhlenberg County cities received state road repair funds this week.

During a visit with city officials, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Department of Rural and Municipal Aid Commissioner Gray Tomblyn II announced $370,876 in discretionary funds for vital resurfacing work in the cities of Drakesboro and Central City, KYTC District 2 Spokeswoman Keirsten Jaggers reported.

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,” said KYTC Secretary Greg Thomas. “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 Drakesboro, $71,553 was awarded for resurfacing on Christian Street, Goose Hollow Street and Ricedale Circle.

“On behalf of the administration of the city and the citizens of Drakesboro, I would like to thank Gov. Bevin for the discretionary funding allocated to the city of Drakesboro,” said Drakesboro Mayor Mike Jones. “This funding will provide much-needed street repairs that will not only revitalize the look of Drakesboro to potentially expand our economic development, but will make the roads safer for the community.”

The improvements will create safer driving conditions for approximately 80 homes and businesses in Drakesboro, state officials said.

In Central City, $299,323 was awarded for resurfacing on 10 city streets.

“We are grateful to the Governor and the Transportation Cabinet for making discretionary funds available to our community,” said Central City Mayor Tony Armour. “These additional dollars will help us accelerate our paving projects and ensure that our streets are safe and well-maintained for our families and visitors.”

Central City will see improvements for their transportation network impacting close to 100 homes and businesses, according to KYTC.

“I’m pleased to see that our district has received funding for these much-needed road projects,” Sen. C.B. Embry said. “Nothing is more essential to a successful community than having safe roadways, and I look forward to the completion of these infrastructure upgrades.”

Rep. Melinda Gibbons Prunty mentioned her appreciation for the investment.

“In light of the state's budget restraints, I truly appreciate Governor Bevin and the Transportation Cabinet's investment in roads in the 15th District, particularly in Central City and Drakesboro,” Prunty said. “Deciding which communities are the recipients of these discretionary dollars based on need and objectivity, and not on political favors, is the way these monies should be distributed. I also want to acknowledge the efforts of our local officials, who work tirelessly to pursue funding for much-needed road repairs.”

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

Resurfacing work in Drakesboro will address:

Christian Street (City Street 4005) – resurfacing 1,476 feet
Goose Hollow Street (City Street 4010) – resurfacing 1,054 feet
Ricedale Circle Street (City Street 4012) – resurfacing 1,976 feet

Resurfacing work in Central City will address:

North First Street (City Street 2006) – resurfacing 0.252 miles
North Fifth Street (City Street 2009) – resurfacing 0.114 miles
South Eighth Street (City Street 2048) – resurfacing 0.066 miles
South Seventh Street (City Street 2022) – resurfacing 0.098 miles
Potter Place (City Street 2021) – resurfacing 0.145 miles
Nobel Street (City Street 2079) – resurfacing 0.132 miles
Goldentide Avenue (City Street 2063) – resurfacing 0.179 miles
Harrison Avenue (City Street 2001) – resurfacing 0.270 miles
North Fourth Street (City Street 2008) – resurfacing 0.160 miles
West Fourth Street (City Street 2062) – resurfacing 0.130 miles

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