Rowan County Fiscal Court awarded $457,397 in discretionary funds for improvements to local roads

Jun 21, 2019

Credit KYForward

During the June 18 Rowan County Fiscal Court meeting, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) Department of Rural and Municipal Aid Commissioner Gray Tomblyn II announced $457,397 in discretionary funds for vital resurfacing work on more than five miles of roadway.

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

Rowan County Judge-Executive Harry Clark identified the road work as critical to meet the county’s needs for transportation safety and economic development.  

“We are fortunate the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet understands these needs and provides this amount of assistance,” said Judge-Executive Clark. “A portion of this funding will be used to resurface the MMRC Industrial Complex, a regional complex providing jobs not only for Rowan County but across the region. This complex is the first impression many new businesses see when looking to relocate and, simply put, we just could not have accomplished this without the help of the state.” 

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.

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

Resurfacing work will address:

•Industry Road (County Road 1425) from milepoint 0.00 to milepoint 1.404

•Lake Park Drive (County Road 1429) from milepoint 0.00 to milepoint 0.374

•Carolyn Ingram Road (County Road 1073) from milepoint 0.00 to milepoint 0.206

•Eagle Drive (County Road 1817) from milepoint 0.00 to milepoint 1.303

•Kegley Ridge Road (County Road 1125) from milepoint 0.00 to milepoint 1.241

•Rockfork Road (County Road 1328) from milepoint 0.00 to milepoint 1.070

(provided by Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, District 9)