Funding announced for road projects in 46 Kentucky communities

Published 5:46 am Friday, July 2, 2021

Nearly $12 million will be made available to dozens of Kentucky communities for street and road repairs, Gov. Andy Beshear said.

Beshear announced on Thursday that $11.8 million in discretionary transportation funding would go to support 177 projects in 33 counties and 13 cities. Projects include resurfacing deteriorating roads, storm drain work and a connector road for economic development in Bourbon County.

“One way we build a better Kentucky is by making our streets and roads better,” Beshear said. “This funding enables 46 cities and counties to upgrade pavements and improve local transportation infrastructure, which will directly benefit Kentuckians in these communities.”

With this latest round of discretionary transportation funding, Gov. Beshear’s administration has invested $17.3 million in local infrastructure in 2021 and $33.2 million since January 2020.

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 repair of Waterworks Avenue, which has been reduced to one-way traffic because of slides caused by flooding on the South Licking River.

“These are the types of projects that make a positive difference in Kentuckians’ daily lives,” said KYTC Secretary Jim Gray. “I’m excited to see them completed and for many of our local streets and roads to be safer and easier to travel.”

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.