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Transportation Cabinet awards $220,401 in discretionary funds for critical pavement improvements to the cities of Morganfield and Uniontown

Transportation Cabinet awards $220,401 in discretionary funds for critical pavement improvements to the cities of Morganfield and Uniontown

Bill Stephens

October 8th, 2019

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Resurfacing repairs to be made to ten roadways

MADISONVILLE, Ky. (Oct. 7, 2019) – During a visit to the Union County Courthouse today, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) Department of Rural and Municipal Aid Commissioner Gray Tomblyn II announced discretionary fund awards totaling $220,4001 for vital resurfacing work for the city of Morganfield and the city of Uniontown. Resurfacing repairs address existing surface cracks, potholes, raveling, and base failures. The investment supports Governor 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.”

Mayor Randy Greenwell identified the three Morganfield city streets as being among the most critical in the city.  

“On behalf of myself and the citizens of Morganfield, I would like to thank Governor Matt Bevin and his Administration for the discretionary road funds received for our town,” said Mayor Greenwell. “The funds will go a long way toward much-needed repairs to our roads, making travel through our town much safer.”

Uniontown Mayor Thomas Byrd also expressed appreciation for the funds to repair seven poor condition roads in the city.  

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank Governor Bevin and the Transportation Cabinet for making these funds available,” said Mayor Byrd. The much-needed paving of our city streets will result in a major improvement to the quality of life for the residents of Uniontown

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 see that our region has received funding for these much-needed road projects,” Sen. Robby Mills said. “I look forward to their completion knowing the community will benefit greatly from upgraded roadways.”

“This funding will be critical to shoring up our roads in Union County, and I am thankful to Governor Bevin for using money allocated by the General Assembly to provide good roads for our citizens,” Rep. Suzanne Miles said. “Spending on infrastructure is a worthwhile investment, and I am thrilled to see Western Kentucky’s needs being prioritized in Frankfort.”

The cities are responsible for administering the work, and KYTC will reimburse them for the projects.

Resurfacing work in Morganfield will address North Hughes Street (CS 1013), Mercer Avenue (CS 1088), and West Geiger Street. (CS 1056). Resurfacing work in Uniontown will address Walnut Street (CS 3028), Seventh Street (CS 3001), Fourth Street (CS 3012), Sigsbee Street (CS 3019), Fifth Street (CS 3010), Sixth Street (CS 3005) and McGuinnis Street (CS 3031).

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