map300 christianHOPKINSVILLE, Ky. (10/1/19) — Gov. Matt Bevin announced $555,369 in discretionary funding for Christian County Monday for resurfacing along four county roads and $188,247 for the city of Oak Grove for area pavement improvements along Van Buren Avenue.

The two awards represent almost $745,000 in roadway improvements, state highway officials reported. This significant investment supports the governor’s commitment to prioritize transportation infrastructure projects and increase economic opportunity across the state.

“We are pleased today to announce the investment of discretionary road funding for both Christian County and the city of Oak Grove,” Bevin stated. “Our Transportation Cabinet has worked closely with these communities to identify priority projects that will significantly enhance safety, access, and economic opportunity for local residents.”

Mayor Theresa Jarvis expressed her appreciation on behalf of the city of Oak Grove.

"Thank you to Gov. Bevin, his entire cabinet, and everyone who made this possible,” Jarvis said. “Oak Grove is sincerely grateful and appreciative of this award."

County Judge-Executive Steve Tribble noted that the assistance will benefit hundreds of Christian County citizens.

"The Christian County Fiscal Court and the citizens of Christian County appreciate this partnership with Kentucky State Government,” said Tribble. “We welcome this assistance with improving and maintaining our county road system.”

In the city’s application for funding, the mayor noted that Van Buren Avenue is a busy thoroughfare that serves a major subdivision containing about 350 homes. A 200-foot section of the street required major repairs beyond what the city budget was capable of funding.

The award to Christian County will allow the fiscal court to resurface sections of Pleasant View Acres Road (CR 1180), North Ridge Drive (CR 1129), Old Palestine Road (CR 1406), and Newton Lane (CR 1197).

In the county’s application, Tribble indicated the county roads listed for funding serve 70 homes and nine businesses. Projects on city streets and county roads submitted for discretionary funding are evaluated by the KYTC district engineering staff. Those evaluations help to direct funding to where it is most needed.

The KYTC Department of Rural and Municipal Aid will develop an agreement between the cabinet and the local government agencies who will be responsible for completing the work.

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