By Portia Williams
CARTER COUNTY, Ky. – The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) announced that Carter County will receive $56,500 in County Road Aid emergency funds. The funds will be allocated toward embankment repairs on Mushroom Road in Carter County, Ky.
Transportation Secretary Mike Hancock, said the emergency funding is instrumental in repair and safety of roadways.
“These emergency funds are being used to repair roadways and to improve safety and mobility in Carter County,” Hancock said. “This project is one example of the cabinet’s commitment to providing a solid infrastructure in Carter County and all across the commonwealth.”
Allen Blair, public information officer for Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, said KYTC provides the resources from the fuels tax in the state of Kentucky.
“We just reward the funding, and Carter County is responsible for the project,” Blair said. “It is part of the Fuels Tax Revenue. Basically, there is a motor fuels tax in the state of Kentucky, and all that money goes into one fund and is divided the state Highway Department, or Transportation Cabinet, basically manages all that money, but it is shared between state, county, and city governments.”
Counties are granted the opportunity to contribute to the road fund for future use.
“There is also a program that we operate called the County and Municipal Road Aid Fund, which is basically the Road Aid Fund,” Blair said. “We operate that program, and those counties and cities that choose to participate in it, and elect to take part of their share of the Fuels Tax, and put into that big fund, that way, when they get a project that goes beyond their ability to fund, or if it is such an extensive project, they can apply for some of that emergency road aid.”
The money will be utilized for embankment repairs on Mushroom Road (CR 1294) near KY 174, making the county road safer for cars, school buses and other vehicles that rely upon the roadway.
The Carter County Fiscal Court is responsible for administering the work.
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