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Powell County receives $300,000 in discretionary funds for pavement improvements

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The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) has awarded $300,000 for resurfacing work on KY 2026 (Maple Street in Stanton). Resurfacing repairs address existing surface cracks, potholes, rutting, crumbling shoulders, and base failures.

“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 large impacts to communities.”

Powell County Judge-Executive James Anderson noted that despite being a state route, Maple Street is one that his office frequently hears concerns about.

“I am very happy to see Maple Street get some much-needed attention,” said Judge-Executive Anderson.

Sen. Albert Robinson noted that Powell County residents stand to benefit from this project.

“Through increased safety and roadway improvements, these resurfacing projects are directly impacting Kentuckians,” said Sen. Robinson. “This discretionary funding supports high-quality infrastructure for Powell County and the Commonwealth.”

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

“It is a privilege to be able to be a part of securing funding for this much needed project,” said Rep. David Hale. “I would also like to thank Governor Bevin and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet for making this possible.”

This roadway serves more than 60 residences, as well as businesses that generate a large amount of commercial traffic. The route also provides access to three Powell County schools and carries school bus traffic.

(provided by Kentucky Transportation Cabinet)

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