Hancock County awarded $76,000 for critical pavement improvements

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As part of Governor Matt Bevin’s commitment to asset management and increasing economic opportunity across the Commonwealth, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) has awarded $76,000 in discretionary funds to the Hancock County Fiscal Court for vital resurfacing work on Gene Hayden Road. 

“The Bevin Administration continues to focus on addressing infrastructure needs at both the state and local level to improve safety, as well as 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 government agencies to identify projects that will have significant impact on our communities.”

Hancock County Judge-Executive Jack McCaslin noted his appreciation of the discretionary funding that will improve road conditions for local residences and businesses.

“I would like to thank Governor Bevin and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet for providing funds to resurface Gene Hayden Road,” said McCaslin. ”This road serves many homes, and also our animal shelter. We have struggled this year with having enough money to repair our county roads, so with the Governor’s help, our money can go toward some of our other roads that are in need.”

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.

“This roadway investment not only improves safety for daily commuters, but it also helps stretch local dollars that can be used to make other pavement improvements in county,” said Sen. Joe Bowen. “I’m thankful for the priority the Administration is placing to maintain our roads.”

Gene Hayden Road (CR 1306) will be paved between Utility Lewisport Road and Oak Road. 

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

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(This story was originally published on October 31, 2018)

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