MANCHESTER — As part of Gov. Matt Bevin's commitment to prioritize transportation infrastructure projects and increase economic opportunity across the Commonwealth, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) is pleased to announce $61,950 in discretionary funds have been awarded to the Knox County Fiscal Court for vital resurfacing work on Elys Hollow Road. Resurfacing repairs address existing surface cracks, potholes, rutting, crumbling shoulders and base failures.

"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 a large impact in communities."

Knox County Judge-Executive Mike Mitchell identified these roads as being among the most critical in the county.

"On behalf of the residents that reside on Elys Hollow Road, we would like to thank Gov. Bevin for recognizing the need for safer travel for school buses and day-to-day travel needs for all the residents along this route," said Judge-Executive Mitchell. "This portion of roadway is part of the Boone Trace Trail. This will also promote tourism in our region."

Projects submitted to the Department of Rural and Municipal Aid for discretionary fund consideration were evaluated by the KYTC district staff to assess the condition of roads and determine the most critical needs based on factors such as safety, economic impact, and traffic volumes.

"I'm pleased to see that Knox County has received funding for this much-needed resurfacing project," said Sen. Robert Stivers. "I look forward to its completion knowing the community will benefit greatly from upgraded roadways. I'd like to thank the Governor for working with the General Assembly to ensure we have funding for road repairs throughout the Commonwealth."

The county road--used by school buses and emergency vehicles-- provides access to more than 30 homes.

The Knox County Fiscal Court is responsible for administering the work, and KYTC will reimburse the county for the project.

Resurfacing work will address:

· Elys Hollow Road (County Road 1137) -- resurfacing 1.06 miles

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