Grayson County Judge Executive Kevin Henderson recently announced that Grayson County has received $342,000 in additional discretionary funds to help improve local roadways.

The funds were released to Grayson County by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and Governor Matt Bevin, as part of the governor's effort to prioritize transportation infrastructure projects, according to a news release from Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 4.

These funds will be used to resurface Layman Road (County Road 1328) from milepoint 0.0 to milepoint 2.28 and Cook Road (County Road 1749) from milepoint 0.0 to milepoint 1.599 in the sixth magisterial district, as well as Old Hartford Road (County Road 1396) from milepoint 0.0 to milepoint 4.182 in the second district.

Resurfacing repairs will address existing surface cracks, potholes, rutting, crumbling shoulders, and base failures, and, according to the Transportation Cabinet's news release, these two roads were selected by Henderson as being among the most critical in the county and essential to connecting county and state road systems so citizens have access to efficient routes.

The $342,000 is in addition to $370,000 released by the state in Flex fund dollars to repave Walnut Grove Road, Blowtown Road, Pleasant View Road, Jesse Skaggs Road, Kiper Road, Williams Cemetery Road, and Miller Orchard Road.

Earlier this year, the state also released $171,000 to Grayson County to repave Dog Creek Road, said Henderson, adding that these funds - totaling $883,000 in addition to the county's Rural Municipal Aid money it currently receives each year - previously went untapped.

"I would personally like to thank Secretary of Transportation Greg Thomas and Commissioner of Rural and Municipal Aid Gray Tomblyn for all their help in trying to improve our infrastructure in Grayson County," Henderson said. "I would also like to personally thank Governor Matt Bevin for his prompt response to my request for help in trying to improve the road system for the safety and well-being of the residents of Grayson County.

"I would also like to thank our current sitting magistrates for their continued desire to help improve the roadways in their (respective) districts and in all of Grayson County," Henderson said. "With good communication between public officials and the ability to get along, it is amazing what we can get accomplished."

Henderson asks residents on the roads selected to be repaired to be patient while the county coordinates a schedule with Scotty's Contracting and Stone to complete the improvements. He said Scotty's is "extremely busy" with work on a number of projects, but crews will arrive at these locations in due time.

"We have 734 miles of county road," said Henderson. "It takes a while to get everything fixed up like we need to, but we'll soon get there."

Projects submitted to the Department of Rural and Municipal Aid for discretionary fund consideration are evaluated by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet district staff to assess the condition of roads and determine the most critical needs based on a number of factors, including safety, economic impact, and traffic volumes.

Grayson County will be responsible for administering the road work, and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet will reimburse the county for these projects.

"I want to thank Governor Bevin for his commitment to helping communities in this district by continuing to invest and maintain our infrastructure, which is a key to pathway to our economic development," said District 5 state Sen. Steve Meredith (R). "We stand united in building a stronger economy for Kentucky."