Just hours after announcing plans of funds coming to Boyd County, Gov. Matt Bevin made stops in Greenup County with a similar message.

Greenup County will receive nearly $1 million in discretionary road improvement funds.

Road improvements will impact Greenup, Russell, South Shore, Worthington, Wurtland and Raceland.

Bevin visited Raceland City Park and participated in the Greenup Old Fashion Days parade on Saturday afternoon.

Raceland mayor Talmadge McPeek said road improvement has been needed for some time and it’s been a focus of his “for a while,” dating back to his time as a city council member prior to becoming mayor.

McPeek said he’d been speaking with Gray Tomblyn, commissioner of the Transportation Cabinet Department of Rural and Municipal Aid.

“(Tomblyn) called me and said the governor is coming to the city of Raceland, and it’s going to be a good day for the city of Raceland,” McPeek said.

The funds will be used on six streets in Raceland, including Shawnee Road, Jessica Drive, Walker Road, Linwood Court, Miller Street and Williams Avenue. Just about $100,000 will go to Raceland, specifically, according to McPeek.

“It’s money that we didn’t have and it’s a real blessing to get those kinds of funds for our blacktop roads,” McPeek said.

McPeek said he engaged in a brief conversation with Bevin while the governor was in town.

“No politics at all between us, it was all business,” said Raceland’s mayor. “I think he’s a class act myself.”

McPeek said there were a handful of protestors on hand in Raceland just a few hours after Bevin met several of them in Catlettsburg. McPeek said Bevin answered some questions posed by a local Spanish teacher.

“Overall, it was a good day for our town,” McPeek said. “I love this town and it ought to prosper.”

Four streets in Worthington, two in South Shore, one in Russell, one in Wurtland, on in Greenup and another two in Greenup County are targeted for improvement.

“These dollars are for need in the community that affect safety and economic deveopment,” Bevin said during his Boyd County stop. “It’s for resurfacing of roads that have fallen into a state of disrepair.”

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