mclean courthouseMCLEAN COUNTY, Ky. (6/20/19) — During Wednesday’s McLean County Fiscal Court meeting, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Deputy Secretary Paul Looney announced $506,467 in discretionary funds for vital resurfacing work along sections of three county roads.
 
Looney, who was in McLean County as part of a Transportation Cabinet statewide listening tour, noted the investment supports Gov. Matt Bevin’s commitment to prioritize transportation infrastructure projects that improve safety and increase economic opportunity across the Commonwealth.
 
“The Bevin Administration continues to work to address critical infrastructure needs that improve safety and support job creation and retention,” said Looney. “This funding builds upon our list of existing transportation investments and allows our Cabinet to collaborate with local governments to identify projects that make a significant impact on our communities.”
 
County Judge-Executive Edward West noted that the discretionary funds are a significant benefit to the county.
 
“The citizens of McLean County and the McLean County Fiscal Court are extremely grateful and humbled by the awarding of $506,467 by the Honorable Gov. Matt Bevin and Transportation Secretary Greg Thomas,” said Judge-Executive West. “This is the largest award of discretionary funding in McLean County history. This award will go a long way toward completing badly needed Infrastructure projects in our county. With a challenging budget, this award will help to improve the lives of our citizens and expand opportunities in small town, rural America.”
 
The discretionary funding allows McLean County to issue a contract for resurfacing along sections of McGhee Chapel Road (CR 1328), Eubanks Road (CR 1018), and East Harmons Ferry Road (CR 1016). The improvements will impact more than 110 families who depend on the roads to get to and from work and school.
 
Projects submitted to the Department of Rural and Municipal Aid for discretionary fund consideration are 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.
 
State Representative Jim Gooch noted that the award will help maintain critical infrastructure.
 
“Resurfacing will really improve these three roads,” said Rep. Gooch. “I am glad to see that Governor Bevin recognizes that our roads and infrastructure must remain a priority for safety, quality of life, and economic development.”
 
The McLean County Fiscal Court is responsible for completing the work. KYTC will reimburse the county for the project.
 
Resurfacing work will address:
 
-       East Harmons Ferry Road (CR-1016) – a distance of 3.4 miles
-       McGhee Chapel Road (CR-1328) – a distance of 3.7 miles
-       Eubanks Road (CR-1018) – a distance of 1.57 miles
 
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Information by Keith Todd

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