At the Aug. 1 Hart County Fiscal Court meeting, Commissioner Gray Tomblyn II from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) Department of Rural and Municipal Aid announced $454,611 in discretionary funds for vital resurfacing work on Doc Speevack Road, Jim Thompson Road, Terry Bastin Road, Perkins Cemetery Road, Rowletts Cave Springs Road and Hatcher Valley Road. Resurfacing repairs address existing surface cracks, potholes and raveling. The investment supports Governor 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.”
Hart County Judge-Executive Joe Choate identified these roads as being among the most critical in the county.
“On behalf of the citizens of Hart County, we thank Governor Bevin, Secretary Thomas and Commissioner Gray Tomblyn for this additional money to fund critical improvements to Hart County’s road system,” said Choate. “With these funds, we will have safer roads and promote more economic development.”
Projects submitted to the Department of Rural and Municipal Aid for discretionary fund consideration were evaluated by KYTC district staff to assess conditions of roads and determine the most critical needs based on factors such as safety, economic impact, and traffic volumes.
“I would like to extend my appreciation to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and Governor Bevin for prioritizing local roadway maintenance and repair,” said Sen. Stephen Meredith. “I look forward to improved quality and safety conditions for drivers in Hart County.”
Renewed roads will benefit residents of approximately 50 homes and two businesses.
“I’m pleased to see Hart County receive almost half a million dollars in funding for road maintenance,” said Rep. Bart Rowland. “By resurfacing, we’ll see smoother roads and safer traffic in these areas.”
Hart County Fiscal Court is responsible for administering the work, and KYTC will reimburse the county for these projects.
Resurfacing work will address:
Doc Speevack Road (County Road 1387), 1.3 miles
Jim Thompson Road (County Road 1286), 0.7 mile
Terry Bastin Road (County Road 1147), 0.95 mile
Perkins Cemetery Road (County Road 1030), 0.79 mile
Rowletts Cave springs Road (County Road 1238), 1 mile
Hatcher Valley Road (County Road 1258), 1 mile