Bath County Fiscal Court awarded $236,520 in discretionary funds for critical pavement improvements

Jun 15, 2019

Credit Osakis Review

During Thursday’s Bath County Fiscal Court meeting, a Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) Department of Rural and Municipal Aid official announced $236,520 in discretionary funds for vital resurfacing work on five roads.

Resurfacing repairs address existing surface cracks, potholes, raveling, and base failures. This significant investment supports Governor 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. “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.”

Bath County Judge-Executive Bobby Rogers identified these roads as being among the most critical in the county.  

“We would like to thank District 9, Nick Van Over, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, Department of Rural and Municipal Aid Commissioner Gray Tomblin II, Secretary of Transportation Greg Thomas and the Governor’s Office for assisting Bath County in obtaining discretionary funds,” said Judge-Executive Rogers. “This award of additional funding has made it possible to enhance the quality of life and to ensure the safety of our citizens in the Commonwealth.”

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

“These discretionary funds enable Kentucky’s rural communities to maintain their local roadways,” said Sen. Albert Robinson. “I look forward to improved driving conditions in Bath County.”

The funding will allow for three miles of roadway improvements to five county roads that provide access to 31 homes and businesses.

“This announcement is great news for this community,” said Rep. Matthew Koch. “It just takes a couple trips on these roads to recognize the impact that resurfacing will make. I’m pleased that the Governor has made maintenance here in Bath County a priority.”

The Bath County Fiscal Court is responsible for administering the work, and KYTC will reimburse the county for the projects.

Resurfacing work will address:

•Gossett Road (County Road 1319) from milepoint 0.00 to milepoint 1.92

•Tapp Lane (County Road 1211) from milepoint 0.00 to milepoint 0.77

•Flat Creek Road (County Road 1228) from milepoint 1.609 to milepoint 2.23

•Pistol Road (County Road 1122) from milepoint 0.00 to milepoint 0.64

•Harrisburg Road (County Road 1259) from milepoint 0.00 to milepoint 0.38

(provided by Department of Highways District 9)