road stripeMADISONVILLE, Ky. (9/12/19) — During Tuesday’s Providence City Council meeting, a Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Department of Rural and Municipal Aid official announced $73,000 in discretionary funds for vital resurfacing work along sections of Old Madisonville Road.

Resurfacing repairs address existing surface cracks, potholes, raveling and base failures, KYTC reported. 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 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.”

Providence Mayor Doug Hammer identified Old Madisonville Road as being among the most critical needs in the city. The road set to be addressed is used as a connector, from Providence to U.S. 41-A, and has daily school bus traffic. The 1-mile project provides access to eight homes.

“We are ecstatic and thankful to have received the grant money from Gov. Matt Bevin to pave Old Madisonville Road,” Hammer said. “The additional funding will help free up our road aid money that we receive each year to pave additional streets and repair other road issues in Providence. I would like to thank Gov. Matt Bevin, Gray Tomblyn and Mark Welch for giving us an opportunity to provide our citizens with the extra road infrastructure support our community greatly needs.”

Projects submitted to the Department of Rural and Municipal Aid for discretionary fund consideration are 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 volume.

“Taking care of our valuable roadways is a core government activity that is an ongoing process,” Sen. Robby Mills stated. “I am pleased that Gov. Bevin understands this and has chosen to contribute discretionary road funds to Providence's resurfacing efforts.”

Representative Jim Gooch also expressed his appreciation for the discretionary funding.

“I’m pleased to see the governor and Transportation Cabinet making our community’s roads a priority,” Gooch stated. “It’s important to have leadership that recognizes that safe, smooth roads help make our communities great places to live, work and raise a family.”

The Providence City Council is responsible for administering the work, and KYTC will reimburse the county for the project.

Resurfacing work will address:

Old Madisonville Road (City Street 3047) — resurfacing 1 mile

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