ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. (Oct. 08, 2018) – As part of Governor Matt Bevin’s commitment to prioritize transportation infrastructure projects and increase economic opportunity across the Commonwealth, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) is pleased to announce $278,000 in discretionary funds have been awarded to the Green County Fiscal Court for vital resurfacing work along Pierce-Donansburg Rd. The county will receive reimbursement for repairs to correct cracks, potholes, joint separation and base failures.
“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 large impacts to communities.”
KYTC transportation leaders heard directly from local officials during a visit to the Green County Fiscal Court as part of a statewide listening tour to invite feedback on pressing transportation issues.
“I appreciate the assistance from Governor Bevin and the Transportation Cabinet to help us resurface this heavily traveled road that connects communities,” said Green County Judge-Executive John Frank. “With these funds, we will be able to stretch our dollars to address other needs throughout the county.”
Projects submitted to the Department of Rural and Municipal Aid for discretionary fund consideration and those identified at the listening session 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 applaud Judge Frank, the Fiscal Court and the Transportation Cabinet for targeting funding to build and maintain our local infrastructure,” said Sen. David Givens. “These discretionary road funds represent a win-win with a process that utilizes state transportation monies directed with local input to insure we meet the most pressing needs.”
The route provides a four-mile link between KY 218 and KY 88 through the southwestern portion of the county.
“These funds are a huge deal to Green County and just another step in our efforts to rebuild Kentucky’s infrastructure,” said Rep. Brandon Reed. “Improving our rural roads is key to building a better economy and providing safe transportation for our citizens, and I’m pleased to see the needs of our area being prioritized in Frankfort.”
The Green County Fiscal Court is responsible for administering the work and KYTC will reimburse the county for the project.