SOMERSET, Ky. (Oct. 31, 2019) – Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) Department of Rural and Municipal Aid Commissioner Gray Tomblyn II announced $128,293 in discretionary funds has been awarded to the city of Monticello for vital resurfacing work on Myrtle Street, Creekview Drive, West Evelyn Avenue, Worsham Lane and Upchurch Drive. 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 large impacts to communities.”
Monticello Mayor Tracie Sexton identified these roads as being among the most critical in the city.
“I want to thank Gov. Bevin for recognizing the need to assist cities in Kentucky with our city streets,” said Mayor Sexton. “Within the Department for Rural and Municipal Aid, Jill Horn, Nick Van Over and Commissioner Gray Tomblyn offered a great amount of assistance in obtaining these funds. I also want to thank Rep. Ken Upchurch, Sen. Max Wise and Sen. Ralph Alvarado for their help with this funding. These funds will provide much needed repairs for city streets that are heavily traveled to schools, businesses and residential areas in Monticello.”
Projects submitted to the Department of Rural and Municipal Aid for discretionary fund consideration were evaluated by 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 district has received funding for these much-needed road repairs,” said Sen. Wise. “Nothing is more essential to a successful community than having safe roadways, and I look forward to the completion of these infrastructure upgrades.”
The roads provide access to five businesses, three area schools, and more than 65 homes.
“I’ve worked with four governors and not one has shown the commitment to our rural communities that Gov. Bevin has,” said Rep. Upchurch. “As Chairman of the House Transportation Committee, I appreciate that he’s made road resurfacing here in Monticello a priority and know that this community will be better served by smoother, safer roads.”
The Monticello City Council is responsible for administering the work, and KYTC will reimburse the city for the projects.
Resurfacing work will address:
• Myrtle Street (City Street 1120) – resurfacing of 0.266 miles
• Creekview Drive (City Street 1168) – resurfacing of 0.187 miles
• West Evelyn Avenue (City Street 1062) – resurfacing 0.127 miles
• Worsham Lane (City Street 1125) – resurfacing 0.8 miles
• Upchurch Drive (City Street 1051) – resurfacing 0.555 miles