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County roads in need of maintenance could see improvements during the 2010-2011 fiscal year thanks to a state-road “flex fund.”
During its March 9 meeting, the Owen County Fiscal Court voted to approve recommendations from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet for state road projects.
Projects included Hammond School Road and Claxon Ridge Road.
Owen County Judge-Executive Carolyn Keith said the fiscal court voted to take flex funds from the projects recommended by the cabinet to go toward maintenance of county roads.
The flex fund allows counties to address the most serious state and county road problems.
Keith said if there are county roads that are in more crucial need of maintenance than the recommended state projects, the county may use the flex fund from the state for maintenance of county roads.
“We decided to go ahead and have state roads maintained this year because it had been two years in a row since they had been maintained and they are high traffic roads,” Keith said.
Keith said she received a letter from Kentucky Gov. Steven Beshear, who requested money be set aside from the 2011 rural secondary road fund for a second round of flex funding.
“If we choose to take that fund for county roads, the state is very helpful in helping us make that decision,” Keith said.