State Money Approved to Help Growing Scott County with Roads

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Updated: 4/16 6:26 pm

Lawmakers passed a $4.1 billion dollar road spending plan in their legislative session.

That’s good news for a fast-growing Scott County which is adding about 2,000 new residents a year.

Kentucky lawmakers approved about $70 million dollars for road constructions project just in Scott County.

“Biggest accomplishment of the day was the passage of the two year road plan,” said Senate Majority Floor Leader Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown.

Lawmakers call it a great plan for Scott County but they said everyone benefits.

“What's good for Georgetown and Scott County is indeed good for the entire state because we're an economic driver for Kentucky’s overall economy,” said senator Thayer.

“The projections are great but the needs are great also,” said George Lusby, Scott County Judge Executive.

Scott County is the fastest growing area in Kentucky and leaders said roads need to be able to keep up.

“Without these road plans being expanded it would be a log jam here in Scott County,” said Lusby.  

“The next few years will see a lot of construction here in Scott County but it's necessary to deal with the growth and population here and the jobs that are going to be coming here,” said senator Thayer.

Construction is set to start soon on the three biggest projects that will be funded with the $70 million.

Those projects are finally finishing the Georgetown Bypass, widening some roads and adding an interstate exchange to I-75 near the Toyota Plant.

“This was part of the package of incentives promised to Toyota in order for us to land the Lexus expansion,” said senator Thayer.

With Toyota and Lexus, Scott County will be one of the largest auto manufactures in North America.

The new Lexus plant is expected to bring more than 1,000 new jobs.

Lawmakers also approved for a new community technical college so people working in those manufacturing jobs at Toyota can be educated in Central Kentucky.

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