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More than $500,000 Allotted to Repair, Improve Bracken Co. Roads

The Bracken County Fiscal Court received $571,855 in state funds for resurfacing work on four roads.

The repairs will address cracks, potholes, raveling, base failures, and a slide, according to a news release.

The money comes from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet's Department or Rural and Municipal Aid.

“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.”

Resurfacing work will address:

  • Chaney Road (CR 1230) — resurfacing 3.6 miles
  • Ruf Road (CR 1321) — resurfacing 1.3 miles
  • Hamilton Road (CR 1124) — resurfacing 3.7 miles
  • Old 19 (CR 1022) — resurfacing 0.6 miles

Bracken County Judge/Executive Tina Teegarden identified these roads as being among the most critical in the county.

“I am glad that Frankfort realizes the struggle for small counties, such as Bracken County, to keep the roads maintened and paved,” said Judge-Executive Teegarden.  “We greatly appreciate all the state programs available to our county for extra road funds.  Discretionary road projects being 100% reimbursable by the State is allowing Bracken County to add three more county roads to the paving list for much-needed maintenance.”

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.

“Through increased safety and roadway improvements, these resurfacing projects are directly impacting Kentuckians,” said Sen. Wil Schroder (R-Wilder), whose district includes Bracken, Pendleton, and Campbell counties. “This discretionary funding supports high quality infrastructure for Bracken County and the Commonwealth.”

Renewed roads will benefit residents of approximately 50 homes and three businesses.

“This money will go a long way to making our roads safer and easier to drive on, so I want to thank the Transportation Cabinet for appropriating so much money for these projects,” said Rep. John Sims, Jr. (R-Flemingsburg).  “I’ve been proud to support efforts like this that give Kentuckians the infrastructure they need and deserve. A strong network of roads and bridges is critical to everything else we hope to accomplish.”

The Bracken County Fiscal Court is responsible for administering the work, and KYTC will reimburse the county for the projects.

-Staff report

Photo: Bracken County Courthouse (via Wiki Commons)