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City of Newport awarded $330,000 in discretionary funds for critical pavement improvements

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) Department of Rural and Municipal Aid Commissioner Gray Tomblyn II announced $330,000 in discretionary funds for vital resurfacing and slide repair work on Grandview Avenue and Overlook Drive.

The announcement took place during a meeting Monday with Newport city officials.

Resurfacing work will address:

• Grandview Avenue (City Street 1135) — resurfacing and slide repair 0.350 miles

• Overlook Drive (City Street 1150) — resurfacing slide repair 0.310 miles

Resurfacing repairs address existing surface cracks, potholes, raveling, and base failures. The investment supports the commitment from the Governor’s office to prioritize transportation infrastructure projects and increase economic opportunity across the Commonwealth.

“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.”


Newport Mayor Jerry Peluso identified these roads as being among the most critical in the city.

“We are very appreciative to receive this discretionary funding from the Governor’s office,” said Mayor Peluso. “Such funding is applied to projects designed to help in the continued rebirth of our city. The city of Newport wishes to thank Gov. Bevin for his support and cooperation over the years. Critical infrastructure repairs are very costly and this funding goes a long way to lessen the financial burden on our community.”

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.

“This is great news for our community,” said Sen. Wil Schroder. “Through increased safety and roadway improvements, these resurfacing projects are directly impacting Kentuckians and their communities. I would like to extend my appreciation to those involved for prioritizing Newport’s local roadways.”

Both city streets are in need of slide repairs to benefit several homes that use the route. Grandview Road serves as an alternative route when KY Route 9 is closed.

The Newport City Council is responsible for administering the work, and KYTC will reimburse the city for the projects.


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