With the help of a $651,000 grant from the state transportation department, Daviess County Fiscal Court will be making major improvements to various county roads. This year’s resurfacing project will see roads repaved in the east, central and west districts that lie outside City boundaries.
Daviess County Fiscal Court voted in approval to adopt the execution of a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) to reimburse funding for the resurfacing of various county roads in the amount of $651,619.
The grant from KYTC allows Fiscal Court to use an extra $600,000 for road improvements, and County Engineer Mark Brasher said this resurfacing project may take up to a year to complete, but that it would prove to be the County’s largest resurfacing project in years.
“I want to say thank you to KYTC, thank you to Governor Bevin, thank you to all of the members who represent Daviess County in the General Assembly,” Mattingly said. “This was money that we did not expect, and it enables us to take care of some roads that probably would’ve had to wait another year, and they needed to be [fixed] this year, and we just couldn’t do it.”
Mattingly said the $651,619 can only be spent on the four roads that Daviess County Fiscal Court submitted to the state for resurfacing and reimbursement. These roads include Stevens School Road, Lake Forest Road, Yelvington-Grandview Road and Greenbriar Road.
“This is a standard agreement from the Cabinet for discretionary funds,” Brasher said. “It is set up for four county roads.”
Many other roadways will be resurfaced across the county over the next few months, though these roads will not be covered by the KYTC grant.
“This is the annual resurface list. This is where we try and spend most of the money,” Brasher said. “This also includes the discretionary funds, and it also includes the flex funds that we get from the highway department.”
Each of the county’s districts–west, east and central–will undergo resurfacing on roads selected by the county throughout the summer.
The east district will see improvements made on Charles Scott Dr. (.104 mi.), Ware Rd. (1.4 mi.), Ben Head Rd. (1.2 mi.), Pleasant View Estates subdivision (1.8 mi.), Steven School Rd. (4 mi.), Lake Forest Dr. (.7 mi.), Yelvington-Grandview Rd. (1.9 mi.), Cemetery Rd. (1.3 mi.), Market Town Rd. (1.5 mi.), Hayden Park Dr. (.24 mi.), Free Silver Rd. (1.7 mi.), Windy Hill Rd. (1.28 mi.) and Texas Gas Rd. (1.45 mi.) at a total distance of 20.5 miles of resurfacing.
The central district will see the resurfacing of E. Marksberry Rd. (.985 mi.), Garden Heights subdivision (1.04 mi.), Reid Rd. (4.38 mi.), Johnson Rd. (1.3 mi.), Todd Bridge Rd. (1.9 mi.), McCormick Rd. (.7 mi.), Bratcher Hill Rd. (2.6 mi.) at a total of 12.33 miles of road improvements.
The west district roads being repaved include Pruden Ln. (.8 mi.), Hobbs Rd. (1.3 mi.), Kentronics Dr. (.67 mi.), Hayden Ln. (.47 mi.), Wayne Bridge Rd. (2.9 mi.), Kuegel Ln. (.38 mi.), Burns Rd. (1.28 mi.), Liberty Rd. (1.98 mi.) and Steamboat Rd. (1.88 mi.) at a total distance of 12.3 miles.
The entire distance of resurfacing will be totaled at right above 43 miles.
“There’s a few of these roads we’ve had questions about [from the public],” Mattingly said. “A lot of the roads we’ve had questions about are the ones we’re using KYTC money on.”
The costs of these repairs will total over $900,000, coming in at $50,000 per mile. That $900,000 only covers paving costs–the price of placing cross pipes beneath the road will be figured in as the roads undergo inspection before being repaved.
“We’re currently working on some of these roads as far as replacing pipes,” Brasher said. “This is the most miles we’ve had, and we just finished up another heavy year. The plan is to get the road pipes finished within the next two months. That’ll leave the rest of this summer, fall and early winter for repairs.”
Mattingly predicted a June 2020 completion date for the resurfacing of these roads.