Discretionary funds designated for critical pavement improvements
PIKEVILLE, Ky. (Aug. 22, 2019) – During Thursday’s Louisa City Council meeting, Governor Matt Bevin announced $76,000 for the city of Louisa and $631,351 for Lawrence County in discretionary funding for area pavement improvements. This significant investment supports the Governor’s commitment to prioritize transportation infrastructure projects and increase economic opportunity across the Commonwealth.
Louisa Mayor Harold Slone said the city’s portion of the funds will be used to widen Water Street and Lock Avenue.
“I would like to thank Governor Bevin, the Transportation Cabinet, Superintendent Dr. Robbie Fletcher, the Lawrence County School Board, Representative Kathy Hinkle, Senator Phillip Wheeler, the Louisa City Council, and the Louisa Police Department,” said Mayor Slone. “This has been a collaborative effort.”
Funding awarded to the Lawrence County Fiscal Court will be used for resurfacing nine area roads. Judge-Executive Phillip Carter identified these roads as being among the most critical in the county.
“The Lawrence County Fiscal Court is pleased that Lawrence County has been awarded $631,351 in discretionary funds,” said Judge-Executive Carter. “We would like to extend a special thanks to our Governor, Matt Bevin, and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Department of Rural and Municipal Aid for allocating these funds to our county. The money will have an immense impact on the daily travel of our citizens; we know they will be delighted with the news about the funds and the ability to move forward on long-awaited repairs in our county’s rural areas.”
Projects submitted to the Department of Rural and Municipal Aid for discretionary fund consideration were evaluated by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (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 would like to extend my appreciation to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and Governor Bevin for this much-welcomed investment to our community,” said Sen. Phillip Wheeler. “These funds enable counties to improve and maintain local roadways while promoting a safe and healthy environment. I look forward to enjoying better driving conditions in Louisa and Lawrence County.”
Due to increased rainfall levels, area motorists have faced increased weather-related road damage this year, such as breaks, embankment failures, and potholes.
The city of Louisa and the Lawrence County Fiscal Court are responsible for administering the work, and KYTC will reimburse each for the projects.
Resurfacing work will address:
- Yellow Creek (County Road 1122) — a distance of 3.5 miles
- Brushy Fork Road (County Road 1032) — a distance of 1.2 miles
- Little Cat Fork Road (County Road 1312) — a distance of 0.8 miles
- Wilber Road (County Road 1206) — a distance of 1.2 miles
- Hogston Cemetery Road (County Road 1342) — a distance of 0.7 miles
- Dry Ridge Road (County Road 1100) — a distance of 0.9 miles
- Broadleaf Road (County Road 1014) — a distance of 0.7 miles
- Tadpole Road (County Road 1126) — a distance of 1.4 miles
- Needmore Road (County Road 1327) — a distance of 0.7 miles
- Water Street (County Street 2146) — a distance of 200 feet
- Lock Avenue (County Street 2135) — a distance of 200 feet