bevininohioOHIO COUNTY, Ky. (2/16/19) — Gov. Matt Bevin held a community forum yesterday in Hartford to listen to citizens’ concerns and deliver good news about road repairs in the county.

Bevin listened to concerns from Ohio County AARP President Charlotte Whitaker regarding senior housing and in-home service as well as Bill Burden, who asked about county tourism.

Bevin also talked about criminal record expungements to enable offenders to “get back out in the workforce’.

“Second chances to people that have paid their dues to get their lives back,” was the focus of the expungement program.

As part of his “Safety First” focus on Kentucky infrastructure, he announced $348,672 in discretionary funds have been awarded to the Ohio County Fiscal Court for 5.5 miles of vital resurfacing work on three county roadways — Weedman Loop, New Cut Road and Arnold Leach Road.

Funding from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet will finance resurfacing repairs to address existing surface cracks, potholes, rutting, crumbling shoulders and base failures.
 
“Our Administration remains committed to prioritizing transportation projects that enhance safety and economic opportunity in communities across the Commonwealth,” said Bevin. “These funds will enable much-needed repairs to local roads, improving safety and mobility for nearly 60 homes and businesses that rely on them daily.”
 
KYTC transportation leaders visited with local elected officials during an Ohio County Fiscal Court meeting in December as part of a statewide listening tour to invite feedback on pressing transportation issues.
 
Ohio County Judge-Executive David Johnston submitted the projects to the Department of Rural and Municipal Aid for discretionary fund consideration. KYTC district staff evaluated the roads to assess their condition and determine the most critical needs based on factors such as safety, economic impact and traffic volumes.
 
"This is great news for Ohio County,” said Johnston. “We have 720 miles of county roads to maintain, and with a county population of only 23,800, our road funds are always challenged.  A huge thanks to Gov. Bevin for being mindful and considerate of rural counties especially Ohio County."
 
Echoing a similar sentiment of appreciation and excitement for the funding announcement the funds were state Sen. C.B. Embry Jr. and state Rep. Scott Lewis.
 
“On behalf of the citizens of Ohio County, we are grateful for this Administration’s investment to restore the condition of these high traffic volume and cut through roads,” said Embry Jr. “Preserving rural county roads improves the daily commute motorists make to travel to work, school or to visit family.”
 
“Repaving roads does more than improve appearances, it enhances safety for the vehicles and drivers that ride on those roads every day, said Lewis. “Thanks to the Governor and the Transportation Cabinet for renewing our roads.“
 
The Ohio County Fiscal Court is responsible for administering the work and KYTC will reimburse the county for the projects.
Resurfacing work will address:
 
· Weedman Loop (CR 1163) from mile point 0 to mile point 1.46
· New Cut Road (CR 1148) from mile point 3.01 to mile point 5.74
· Arnold Leach Road (CR 1458) from mile point .21 to mile point 1.48

Janice Himes Stone
SurfKY News Reporter

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