FRANKFORT, Ky. — $11.8 million in discretionary transportation funding has been released to help dozens of local governments make street and road repairs and improvements for the betterment of their communities.
The funding from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) will support 177 projects that include resurfacing, patching and sealing, storm drain work, slip repair and in one case, a connector road for economic development.
Most of the approved projects are for resurfacing deteriorating roads. Exceptions include $575,000 approved for Bourbon County to construct a much-needed second access road to and from the rapidly growing Paris-Bourbon County Industrial Park. The project involves a half-mile extension of an existing industrial park road to connect it with U.S. Route 68 (Paris Bypass). It’s needed to handle increased freight traffic and for industrial park employees.
Additionally, the City of Warsaw will receive $162,060 toward the cost of new storm drains on East Main Street. And the City of Cynthiana will receive $211,325 for the repair of Waterworks Avenue, which has been reduced to one-way traffic because of slides caused by flooding on the South Licking River.
All the projects were submitted to the KYTC Department of Rural and Municipal Aid for discretionary fund consideration. They were evaluated by staff in each of the 12 Department of Highways districts, who considered such factors as safety, traffic volume and economic impact.
In each case, the county fiscal court or city council approved for funding is responsible for administering the work and will be reimbursed by KYTC.
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