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Gov. Beshear Announces Funding for Roadway Improvements in Cumberland County

Thursday, 06 20, 2013

Kerri Richardson
Terry Sebastian
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Resurfacing funds of $275,000 mostly from motor fuels tax proceeds

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Gov. Steve Beshear today announced approval of funding for much-needed resurfacing of county roads in Cumberland County.

Cumberland County will receive $275,000 in discretionary funds, the majority of which is proceeds from the motor-fuels tax, which has performed more strongly than was forecast.

“We are happy to provide some extra discretionary funding for Cumberland County and be able to fulfill a large portion of their request for county road resurfacing,” Gov. Beshear said. “Providing these funds to create safer roads for our citizens is of high importance to our administration.”

Cumberland County Judge-Executive John A. Phelps Jr. and other county officials will identify county roads most in need of resurfacing. After reviewing the list of roads, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) will prepare a memorandum of agreement with the county to proceed.

“Maintaining and improving our roads is important not only for public safety but also to offer better access and promote economic development,” said Sen. Sara Beth Gregory, of Monticello, whose district includes Cumberland County. “This funding is welcome news, and I’m pleased that local and state officials have worked together to bring this additional $275,000 to Cumberland County."

“Good roads are important for public safety, economic development and improving everyone’s quality of life,” said Rep. Bart Rowland, of Tompkinsville, who represents Cumberland County. “I’m pleased that our continued efforts to improve our road system are on track.”

“All of the members of the Cumberland County Fiscal Court are so appreciative of the discretionary funds sent by Gov. Beshear and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet for asphalt on Cumberland County roads,” said Cumberland County Judge-Executive John Phelps. “Our Fiscal Court is working together as a team to bring improvement and positive change to our county. We are very pleased that Gov. Beshear and his staff recognize the effort being made here. I am growing evermore confident that we can forge a relationship to bring positive change and improvements to Cumberland County and all of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.”

Nearly half – 48.2 percent – of the state tax on motor fuels is returned to local governments in various forms of revenue sharing for streets and roads. Gov. Beshear has made it a high priority to give counties more flexibility and discretion in deciding how that funding is to be used for their constituents.

Within one such program, the Rural Secondary program, the Cabinet has also developed a “flex program” that enables counties to use a portion of Rural Secondary funds for county roads. The Cabinet also developed the “80/20” bridge program, in which a county can obtain up to $100,000, with a 20 percent local match, for rehabilitation of county bridges or small drainage structures.

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