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$330,000 Awarded to City of Newport for Slippage on Two Roads

The Commonwealth of Kentucky awarded more than $330,000 to the City of Newport for work on two roads.

Gray Tomblin II, a Kentucky Transportation Cabinet rural and municipal road aid official, joined Newport leaders at the city building for the announcement Monday.

$275,000 was appropriated to address road slippage on Grandview Avenue while $55,000 was awarded for the paving of Overlook Drive.

No matching funds will be required from the city.

"This money is coming from the governor's discretionary fund to address infrastructure needs," Tomblin said. "This is kind of like a tax refund check - it's your money coming back to you." 

Newport City Manager Tom Fromme said that this money is coming at a crucial time as the slippage along Grandview has affected five houses, some of which have been condemned. 

The work on the roads, some of which has already begun, will proceed expeditiously thanks to the newly allocated funds according to Fromme. 

-Connor Wall, associate editor

Photo: City Manager Tom Fromme, Mayor Jerry Peluso, and Gray Tomblin II (RCN)