OHIO COUNTY, Ky. (10/10/19) — Cities in Ohio County have received funds needed to repair several roads.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Department of Rural and Municipal Aid Commissioner Gray Tomblyn II announced $221,120 in discretionary funds for vital resurfacing work in the cities of Beaver Dam, Centertown and Fordsville.

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 Beaver Dam, funds will help maintain North Mulberry Street, which serves as an important connector between Kentucky 273 and U.S. 62.

“We appreciate that the Governor and the Transportation Cabinet took the initiative to make a portion of these discretionary monies available,” said Beaver Dam Mayor Paul Sandefur. “For ours and other small communities, the need is great.”

Centertown Mayor Terry Kessinger identified the work as being critical to providing safe management for the flow of traffic, including school busses and emergency vehicles.

“As a representative for the city of Centertown, I wish to thank Gov. Bevin and the Transportation Cabinet for making this money available,” Kessinger said. “Your support is greatly appreciated for the well-being and safety of our community.”

Fordsville Mayor Beatrice Edge also expressed appreciation for the funds to make the much-needed repairs.

“I thank Gov. Bevin and the Transportation Cabinet for awarding our small community with this generous grant for paving projects,” Edge said.

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 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.”

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

“Infrastructure is a very important priority of mine, and this investment in road improvements is terrific news for Ohio County,” Rep. Scott Lewis said. “I want to thank the administration for working with the General Assembly and our local officials in Ohio County to deliver this funding to our small towns.”

Resurfacing work will address:

In Beaver Dam:
· Second Street (CS 6050) – 0.450 mile
· Orchard Loop (CS 6038) – 0.360 mile
· North Mulberry Street (CS 6044) – 0.130 mile

In Centertown:
· Church Street (CS 4002) – 0.135 mile
· Chestnut Street (CS 4009) – 0.164 mile
· Center Street (CS 4008) – 0.244 mile
· Broadway (CS 4010) – 0.250 mile
· In Fordsville: Ratliff Street (CS 2002) – 0.130 mile
· Mulberry Street (CS 2001) – 0.180 mile
· Linde Street (CS 2012) – 0.150 mile
· Ridge Road (CS 2001) – 0.100 mile
· Wallace Street (CS 2005) – 0.120 mile
· Railroad Street (CS 2007) – 0.140 mile
· Barretts Road (CS 2018) – 0.250 mile

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