Owingsville City Council awarded $73,986 in discretionary funds for critical pavement improvements

Aug 13, 2019

Credit WTVQ

During Monday night’s Owingsville City Council meeting, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) Department of Rural and Municipal Aid Commissioner Gray Tomblyn II announced $73,986 in discretionary funds for vital resurfacing work on Treadway Avenue, Wells Avenue, and North Court Street.

Resurfacing repairs address existing surface cracks, potholes, raveling, and base failures. The 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.”

Owingsville Mayor Gary Hunt identified these roads as being among the most critical in the city.

“It’s always a challenge for small cities to maintain streets and roadways with the amount of road funds received each year,” said Mayor Hunt. “I was elated to find out that the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet was granting the city funds this year to pave additional city streets. I extend my sincere appreciation to Rural & Municipal Aid Commissioner Gray Tomblyn II, Secretary of Transportation Greg Thomas, Governor Matt Bevin's office, Senator Albert Robinson, Representative Matt Koch, KYTC District 9 staff, and Nick Van Over for their assistance in receiving these funds. Being the county seat, Owingsville receives a large volume of traffic each day. These improvements, and others made throughout the year, will help to ensure the safety of our citizens and visitors on the roadways.”

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.

“This is great news for the people of Owingsville,” said Sen. Albert Robinson.  “These resurfacing projects will certainly benefit this community, and I look forward to their completion.” 

The Owingsville City Council is responsible for administering the work, and KYTC will reimburse the city for the projects.

The upcoming work will improve road conditions on streets that provide access to 61 homes and 11 businesses.

“This will be a great improvement for these roads and I’m glad to see the money for this project coming to Owingsville,” said Rep. Matthew Koch. “Projects like this resurfacing are exactly why the legislature gives the Governor these discretionary dollars and I am grateful that the Governor understands that.”

(provided by Kentucky Department of Highways District 9)