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City of West Liberty awarded $100,500 in discretionary funds for pavement improvements


During Friday’s West Liberty City Council meeting, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) Department of Rural and Municipal Aid Commissioner Gray Tomblyn II announced $100,500 in discretionary funds for resurfacing work and patching on portions of eight city streets.

Pavement repairs address existing surface cracks, potholes, raveling, and base failures. The investment supports Gov. 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.”

West Liberty Mayor Mark Walter identified these roads as being among the most critical in the city.   

“I would like to thank Gov. Matt Bevin and Commissioner Gray Tomblyn for these much needed funds,” said Mayor Walter. “With these funds, the city will be able to resurface several streets that are in desperate need of repair.  Due to budgetary restraints, these streets were not going to be a priority for resurfacing this fiscal year.  The improvements will make these streets safer, smoother, and appreciated by our citizens.  Again, I am very pleased, and many thanks to Gov. Bevin and Commissioner Tomblyn for this award.” 

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.

“Roads drive Kentucky’s economy,” said Sen. Phillip Wheeler. “These needed transportation improvements will move citizens and commerce faster and safer in this bustling region of the state where hundreds of thousands of people live, work, and do business.”

Rep. Bobby McCool echoed the importance of providing funding for safer roadways.

“This is great news for West Liberty and I’m pleased to see the governor spend these funds here,” said Rep. McCool. “Without a doubt, the resurfacing work will require patience and caution. But, the finished product will be smoother, safer roads for the people of this town.”

The West Liberty City Council is responsible for administering the work, and KYTC will reimburse the city for the resurfacing.

Resurfacing and patching work will address portions of:

•Park Hills Boulevard

•Hutchinson Road

•Daisy Knob Road

•Keeton Heights Road

•Airport Way

•Jaycee Lane

•Wells Hill Lane

•Poynter Street

(provided by Kentucky Transportation Cabinet)

Paul Hitchcock earned his Masters in Communications from Morehead State University and Bachelors in Radio-TV/Psychology from Georgetown College. A veteran broadcaster for more than 40 years and an avid fan of blues, jazz and American roots music. Hitchcock has been with WMKY since 1986 and was named General Manager in 2003. He currently hosts "Muddy Bottom Blues" (Fri., 8pm-9pm), "Nothin' But The Blues" (Sat., 8pm-12am), "Sunday Night Jazz Showcase" and "Live From The Jazz Lounge" (Sun., 8pm-9pm) and "The Golden Age of Radio" (Sun., 2pm-3pm). He also serves as producer for "A Time For Tales" and "The Reader's Notebook."
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