Just more than 10 miles of county-maintained roads that serve six businesses and 175 homes in Lyon County will be resurfaced with money from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KyTC).
The announcement was made Oct. 29 at the courthouse in Eddyville with KyTC's Department of Rural and Municipal Aid Commissioner Gray Tomblyn II joined by county officials on hand.
The $647,023 in discretionary funding will allow 2.5-plus miles of Eddy Creek Road to get fresh pavement as well as sections of Jenkins Road, Parkersville Road, Hylan Drive, Beechwood Road, Center Ridge Road, Arrowhead Road, George Thomas Road, Rice Road and Oriole Drive.
The investment supports Gov. Matt Bevin's effort to prioritize transportation infrastructure projects and increase economic opportunity in communities across the Commonwealth.
"These discretionary awards build upon existing transportation investments and allow the Cabinet to collaborate with local government agencies to identify specific projects that have a significant impact on infrastructure and in local communities," KyTC Secretary Greg Thomas said in a news release announcing the award.
In the application for discretionary funding, Lyon County Judge-Executive Wade White noted that rising expenses for county services have reduced the amount of money the county has to invest in paving roads.
"Lyon County will use these discretionary funds from the state to drastically improve our county road system," said White. "Tommy Melton and the rest of our road crew do a fantastic job of holding our roads together on a tight budget. Thanks to Secretary Thomas, we can use these funds to make needed improvements to our roads to maintain the integrity of our road system."
Projects submitted to the Department of Rural and Municipal Aid by White for discretionary funding consideration were evaluated by KyTC district engineering staff to assess the condition of roads to determine the most critical needs based on factors such as safety, economic impact and traffic volume.
Lyon Fiscal Court is responsible for administering the work, and KyTC will reimburse the county for the projects.
Announced in September, the City of Eddyville will receive $95,232 in discretionary funds for resurfacing and milling of portions of West Main and Commerce streets.
"These funds are a blessing in the current economic times," said Mayor John Choat.
Lyon Fiscal Court has been awarded $647,023 in discretionary funding by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet's Department of Rural and Municipal Aid.
The money will go for the following resurfacing projects in the county, which include miles of pavement and allocation for each project:
• Arrowhead Road: 0.311 miles, $18,064.
• Beechwood Road: 0.132 miles, $8,487.
• Center Ridge Road: 1.46 miles, $104,107.
• Eddy Creek Road: 2.697 miles, $203,249.
• George Thomas Road: 0.514 miles, $25,366.
• Hylan Drive: 0.31 miles, $23,339.
• Jenkins Road: 2.243 miles, $127,493.
• Oriole Drive: 0.734 miles, $45,971.
• Parkersville Road: 1.39 miles, $78,016.
• Rice Road: 0.227 miles, $12,931.