Marshall County hopes for federal funding to help repair roads

Repairs to storm damage in Marshall County will be made with or without federal help. 

"The damage to the roads was so bad we couldn’t sit by and wait," said Judge Executive Kevin Neal.      

Storms earlier this month are costing the county $680,000 in damage to infrastructure alone. The county is still waiting to find out when and if it will get federal help, so it’s come up with a plan to make sure the roads get fixed no matter how much funding the county receives.

Victor Darnell Road is a bumpy drive, especially after it rains. After 10 years of living there, Vickie York doesn’t even bother washing her cars.

"Of course they’re always dirty going in and out of here, wear and tear," York said.

The road was one of dozens on a list to be fixed this fiscal year, but Neal is proposing that the list be put off until next year.

"There are roads damaged in this storm far worse than how we classify our roads," he said.

The state has to meet a $6.2 million threshold to qualify for federal funding to disperse to counties that declared a state of emergency. Neal says if the county doesn’t get the federal help, the majority will fall on the county’s shoulders.

"We’re keeping our fingers crossed, because we haven’t finished our summer season, and winter season is right around the corner," Neal said.

A spokesperson with Kentucky Emergency Management says the state is still assessing all the damages around Kentucky to see if it will make the threshold to qualify for federal aid.

On top of federal funding, the county could qualify for up to $280,000 from the state. With or without the help, Neal plans to make his proposal at the next fiscal court meeting on Aug. 2.

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