80/20 Bridge Replacement programs available to local governments in FY 2017
Ky. (March 1, 2016) –
Governor Matt Bevin today announced that two essential road aid programs – both
housed in the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s (KYTC) Department of Rural and
Municipal Aid – will continue to operate in Fiscal Year 2017.
Flex Funds and 80/20 Bridge Replacement programs will be available to local
officials over the next fiscal year. These programs are designed to give
local governments the flexibility to use state funds for county road projects.
a safe and reliable transportation network is a top priority of our
administration. However, as costs and demands rise, local governments are
struggling with the increased financial burden,” said Gov. Bevin. “Having
control of these crucial funds will help local communities across the
Commonwealth preserve, maintain and repair Kentucky’s aging infrastructure.”
news comes as a relief to local officials who are currently addressing costly
road maintenance issues while operating on limited budgets. Some of those
issues include snow and ice removal, pothole patching, bridge repair and
in 2009, the Flex Funds program authorized local governments to repair county
roads by using a portion of the motor fuels tax receipts allocated to the Rural
Secondary Program. Flex funds are not additional revenue, but they give local
governments the flexibility to shift more state dollars to fund county and city
road projects. Before the Flex Funds program was initiated, local governments
could only use traditional revenue sharing funds such as county road and
municipal road aid for those projects.
order to spend flex funds, the Department of Rural and Municipal Aid must
approve a county’s list of recommended projects. KYTC will then disburse
funding once numerous conditions and qualifications are met.
Bridge Replacement Program
Gov. Bevin’s directive, local governments will also be able to utilize the
Cabinet’s 80/20 Bridge Replacement program.
2010, KYTC allowed local governments to use emergency road aid funds for the
purpose of repairing or constructing new bridges on the county road
system. The fund does not allow counties to construct new bridges where
one did not exist.
now have the ability to access up to $80,000 per year from this account to pay
80 percent of the overall share of the county road fund dollars. A county can
carry over the $80,000 for up to three years, whereby in the third year the
county could access $240,000 of funds to pay 80 percent of the cost to repair
one or more bridges on county roads. The county typically matches the
other 20 percent of funding.
retains the authority to approve each bridge project.
more information about KYTC’s Department of Rural and Municipal Aid, please