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Cities of Dixon, Slaughters and Wheatcroft awarded $209,834 total in discretionary funds for critical pavement improvements

Cities of Dixon, Slaughters and Wheatcroft awarded $209,834 total in discretionary funds for critical pavement improvements

Bill Stephens

November 6th, 2019

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Resurfacing intersection improvements to be made to seven roadways

MADISONVILLE, Ky. (Nov. 5, 2019) – During Monday’s visit to Webster County, a Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) Department of Rural and Municipal Aid official announced $209,834 in discretionary funds for vital resurfacing and intersection work. Resurfacing repairs address existing surface cracks, potholes, raveling, and base failures. The investment supports Gov. Matt Bevin’s commitment to prioritize transportation infrastructure projects and increase economic opportunity across the Commonwealth.

“The Bevin Administration continues to focus 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 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 a large impact in communities.”

The city of Dixon was awarded $108,009 for bituminous resurfacing and culvert replacement on Railroad Street and an intersection improvement on KY 1340 and US 41A. Dixon Mayor Carolyn Townsend identified these roads as being among the most critical in the city.“The city of Dixon is thankful to receive discretionary funding from the Governor’s office for resurfacing Railroad Street,” said Mayor Townsend. “On behalf of myself and the city commissioners, we are very excited to learn that the intersection of KY 1340 and U.S. 41 A are included in the funding to redesign this busy intersection and make it safer for the traveling public, especially when school is in session.”

The city of Slaughters was awarded $54,464 for bituminous resurfacing on Whitsell Street and an intersection improvement on KY 120. Slaughters Mayor Jeff Coomes identified these roads as being among the most critical in the city.

“I am thankful for the funds that have been allocated to the town of Slaughters,” said Mayor Coomes. “I want to thank Gov. Bevin, his staff, and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet for this money which will be used for safety and maintaining our city streets. Thank you for supporting our community.”

The city of Wheatcroft was awarded $47,361 for bituminous resurfacing on South Main Street, South Lexington Street and North Lexington Street. Wheatcroft Mayor Pat Clark identified these roads as being among the most critical in the city.

“Wheatcroft is a very small town and we really appreciate any help we can get,” said Mayor Clark. “We do not have the funds necessary to repair our roads.”

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 learn that Webster County has received funding for these much-needed projects,” said Sen. Robby Mills. “Nothing is more essential to a successful community than having safe roadways, and I look forward to the completion of this infrastructure upgrade.”

Approximately 40 homes and businesses benefit from the highway improvements in south Webster County. These city street improvements will help to maintain the safety for motorists.

“I am pleased to see the Governor make this district a priority as he invests discretionary funds,” said Rep. Jim Gooch. “Without a doubt, these projects will improve the safety of our roads and make a big impact on our quality of life.”

The cities of Dixon, Slaughters and Wheatcroft are responsible for administering the work, and KYTC will reimburse the cities for the projects.

Resurfacing work will address:

Wheatcroft:

·       South Main Street (City Street 6001) — resurfacing 0.280 miles

·       South Lexington Street (City Street 6002) — resurfacing 0.200 miles

·       North Lexington Street (City Street 6002) – resurfacing 0.100 miles

Dixon:             

·       Railroad Street (City Street 1004) — resurfacing 0.199 miles

·       Intersection improvement on KY 1340 and U.S. 41A

Slaughters:                 

·       Whitsell Street (City Street 5006) — resurfacing 0.265 miles

·       Intersection improvement on KY 120 

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