Department of Rural and Municipal Aid

The Department of Rural and Municipal Aid acts as the liaison to all local governments regarding transportation needs.  This Department oversees two offices; the Office of Local Programs and the Office of Rural and Secondary Roads (ORSR).

The Office of Local Programs

The Office of Local Programs administers two federally funded programs, the Transportation Alternatives Programs (TAP) and the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Program (CMAQ).  Each program acts as a grant program which administers funds allocated by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).  Both programs conduct an application cycle in the fall wherein local governments can apply for project funding.

Examples of projects include: sidewalks (ADA compliance, providing a safe route from schools or neighborhoods, pharmacies and assisted living facilities). Transference of diesel busses to electronic, roundabouts, safe routes for non-drivers, bicycle or pedestrian transportation facilities, traffic flow improvements, etc.

The Office of Rural Secondary Roads

The Office of Rural Secondary Roads administers three revenue-sharing programs funded by state motor fuel taxes as provided by Kentucky Revised Statutes (KRS) 177.320 through 177.366. These programs include the County and Municipal Road Aid Cooperative programs and the Rural Secondary Program. ​

 County and Municipal Road Aid

​Each fiscal year all counties, incorporated cities, and unincorporated urban places are allocated county and municipal road aid. County Road Aid funding is based on the Fifth's Formula, and Municipal Road Aid funding is based on population as determined by the most recent Census. These funds are to be used for the construction, reconstruction, and maintenance of county roads and city streets. Counties and cities have two choices as to how to receive their funds. They can elect to receive a monthly check processed by the Kentucky Department for Local Government or can participate in the ORSR Cooperative Programs.

Participants in the cooperative programs do not receive their road aid as a monthly check. Instead, participants receive a portion of their funds three times a year. Typically, the first check makes 60% of the total anticipated road aid available to the county or city. The second check makes an additional 30%-35% available, and the third and final installment is the remaining balance based on the actual revenues tabulated after the end of the fiscal year (June 30).

 How to Join

Counties and cities not currently participating in the cooperative program may enroll between April 1 and June 30 each year. Counties and cities choosing to participate will enter into a contract with the Transportation Cabinet, committing to participate in the program for the entire fiscal year.

Please contact the office for more information on joining the County Road Aid Cooperative Program or the Municipal Aid Cooperative Program.

 Emergency Funding

This is an 80/20 Program, the state will be responsible for 80% of the approved amount and the county or city responsible for 20% of the approved amount. 

Participants in the cooperative have 3% of their road aid funding withheld. This money is then placed in emergency funds. (Municipal Aid Co-op and County Road Aid Co-op each have their own respective emergency funds.) Participants in the cooperative are eligible to request emergency funding for projects. Non-participants are not.

To request emergency funding for either the County Road Aid Co-op or Municipal Aid Co-op, the participating county or city must submit form TC 20-16, a detailed cost estimate, and pictures of the existing site conditions to the Office of Rural Secondary Roads. The information provided will be reviewed, and, if approved, the applicant will be notified of approval, and 50% of the approved fundng shall be issued immediately. 

 Rural Secondary Program

The Rural Secondary (RS) Program is funded by 22.2% of the motor fuels tax revenue. These funds are used for the construction, reconstruction, and maintenance of secondary and rural roads in each county. Allocation of RS funds is determined using the Fifths Formula. The Transportation Cabinet is responsible for expending all Rural Secondary Program funds.

80/20 Bridge Program
The 80/20 Bridge Program is funding set aside for each county out of the RS funding pot. These funds are to be used for drainage structure repair or replacement. To apply for these funds, the county must submit form TC 20-35, a detailed cost estimate, and pictures. The request must be for repairing or replacing an existing structure. Funds cannot be used for a new structure. If approved, the county will enter into an agreement with the Cabinet, which will fund 80% of the estimated cost. A KYTC prequalified contractor must complete the work.

Flex Funds
Flex fund amounts are determined by the condition of the state roads in each county. The better condition the state roads in a county are in, the more flex funding the county receives. To apply for Flex Funds, the county must submit form TC 20-34. After receipt of this form, the appropriate KYTC district personnel will evaluate the roads. If there are no discrepancies, the Cabinet will enter into an agreement with the county to reimburse the county for work on the roads listed in the agreement. 

 Executive Management

Department of Rural Municipal Aid
Gray Tomblyn II​, Commissioner

Office of Rural Secondary Roads
Craig Caudill, Executive Director*
Shelby Peel, Executive Staff Advisor
200 Mero Street, 6th Floor EastFrankfortKY40622KY8:00am-4:30pm EST, M-F(502) 564-2060(502),+Frankfort,+Franklin,+Kentucky+40601&gl=us&sqi=2&z=16&iwloc=A

 How to Report a Problem

​If you need to report a county road problem, please contact your county road department.  To report a state road problem, please contact your highway district office.
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