ashalt roadWEBSTER COUNTY, Ky. (5/13/19) — Webster County Judge-Executive Stephen Henry identified three roads as being among the most critical local transportation needs in the county.

Mark Welch of Kentucky Department of Rural and Municipal Aid announced during a Webster Fiscal Court meeting this morning, Webster County has received a $457,527 in discretionary funds for vital resurfacing work for three county roads. The significant investment of almost a half-million dollars supports Gov. Matt Bevin’s commitment to prioritize transportation infrastructure projects and increase economic opportunity across the state.

“Webster County is appreciative of this administration's desire to help local governments,” Henry said in a statement. “This award is nearly half of our entire annual road aid allocation. A huge thank you to Gov. Bevin, Secretary Thomas and Commissioner Gray Tomblyn for providing us a means to improve roads for our residents.”

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Secretary Greg Thomas noted the Bevin administration continues to focus on critical infrastructure needs that support safety and create jobs.

“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,” Thomas stated.

KYTC reported funds will be used for resurfacing work on the following county roadways:

•  1.8 miles of Carville Clarke Road (CR-1334), which serves six homes

• 1.54 miles of Wanamaker Road (CR 1002), which serves six homes

•  2.96 miles of John Roach Road (CR 1126), which serves seven homes

In the request for funding, Henry noted the roads in need of repair are used by county citizens to connect to jobs and are traveled daily by school buses. All three roads are in need of base repairs and new pavement to assure they are safe for travel.

“These discretionary funds are critical in addressing roadway wear and tear and ensure the safety and mobility of drivers in the community,” Sen. Robby Mills stated. “I am pleased Webster County will be able to make much needed improvements to their local rural roadways.”

Projects submitted to the Department of Rural and Municipal Aid for discretionary fund consideration are evaluated by the KYTC district engineering staff to assess the condition of roads and determine the most critical needs based on factors such as safety, economic impact and traffic volume, state highway officials reported.

“The resurfacing of these three roads is an important investment in our community in Webster County,” Rep. Jim Gooch said. “I appreciate the governor making this a priority. It is a very positive sign that he’s investing in maintenance. After all, we all recognize that what we maintain today, we won’t have to replace tomorrow.”

KYTC Spokesman Keith Todd reported Webster Fiscal Court is responsible for administering the work, with KYTC providing reimbursement.

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