The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) announced Wednesday that the Madison County Fiscal Court will receive nearly $44,000 in county road aid emergency funds for slide repair on Pilot Knob Cemetery Road.

In a press release announcing the aid funds, it is said to help repair slide damage on the roadway.

"These repairs will make travel safer for cars, school buses and other vehicles that rely upon this highway," the release reads.

Cabinet Secretary Jim Gray also noted the importance of allocation of funds to the county.

"The Transportation Cabinet is pleased to approve this request for funding to provide timely assistance to Madison County to repair and maintain safe connections in the community," he said in the release.

According to Colleen Chaney, the deputy judge/executive for the county, the funds are not discretionary by the state and, throughout the year, the county is required to set aside 3% of the road aid account, which they draw from in case of a road emergency.

However, the county does have to apply for the funds to be taken out by the state and approved for the specific project and if it does in fact classify as an emergency.

"If we have an emergency situation, we will then make that request to the state, and the state will reward through need and criteria," she explained.

She added the main factor prompting the repair is weather related, and they had done work on the road before.

"The immense amount of water that has hit the county in the past few months, with the heavy rainfall we have had, has created an erosion on the roads," Chaney said.

No timeline has been determined for the repair as the county has to apply for authorization to use the funds and be approved before any work can be done.

"They have to approve that it is an emergency and that the county's money that is being used will go toward an emergency," she said. "...Addressing emergency issues are critical in the county for roads we have, and this program ensures we have a balance to address emergencies when they occur."

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