During Wednesday’s Lee County Fiscal Court meeting, Department of Rural and Municipal Aid Commissioner Gray Tomblyn II announced $730,000 in discretionary funds for vital resurfacing work on four county roadways. Resurfacing repairs address existing surface cracks, potholes, raveling, and base failures. The significant investment supports Gov. Matt Bevin’s commitment to prioritize transportation infrastructure projects and increase economic opportunity across the Commonwealth.
“This investment of nearly three quarters of a million dollars demonstrates the high priority the Bevin administration continues to place 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 Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (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.”
Lee County Judge-Executive Chuck Caudill Jr. identified these roads as being among the most critical in the county.
“KYTC’s Department of Rural and Municipal Aid has been incredibly responsive in assisting a new county judge and new road supervisor in navigating the process and freeing up discretionary funds for Lee County,” said Judge-Executive Caudill. “Without this kind of assistance from the state, our small county would be unable to maintain roads for emergency services and economic development.”
Projects submitted to the Department of Rural and Municipal Aid for discretionary fund consideration 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.
“I’m pleased to hear that Lee County has received funding for these resurfacing projects,” Sen. Robert Stivers said. “Having safe and dependable roadways will no doubt benefit our community.”
Seven miles of resurfacing work will be completed on the four roadways that serve as school bus routes.
“I’m really pleased to see the cabinet move forward with repaving these roads and look forward to the day when everything is complete,” said Rep. Cluster Howard. “This will make the drive both safer and smoother for those who use these routes.”
The Lee County Fiscal Court is responsible for administering the work, and KYTC will reimburse the county for the projects.
Resurfacing work will address:
- Gilliam Road (CR 1128) from milepoint 0.00 to milepoint 1.398
- Cressmont Road (CR 1225) from milepoint 1.00 to milepoint 2.71
- Evelyn Road (CR 1327) from milepoint 0.00 to milepoint 2.00
- Coal Branch Road (CR 1122) from milepoint 1.00 to milepoint 3.00