Governor Steve Beshear on Wednesday returned to Morgan County to announce highway aid that will resolve a long-standing traffic problem in West Liberty and at the same time speed the community's reconstruction and recovery from a devastating tornado.
“An extraordinary disaster requires an extraordinary response,” Gov. Beshear said. “The citizens of West Liberty and
The state assistance announced by Gov. Beshear is in two forms: initial funding for a $7.2 million project to widen the main traffic artery through
The widening project involves a T-shaped area of downtown
To kick-start the work, Gov. Beshear presented a ceremonial check for $400,000 to Morgan County Judge-Executive Tim Conley and West Liberty Mayor Jim Rupe. The funding, which will pay for Phase I design work, is from the Transportation Cabinet’s state road fund contingency account, so it is readily available and does not need legislative action. With later phases of the project – final design, right of way acquisition, utility relocation and construction – the cabinet estimates the cost will total approximately $7.2 million and will be funded through the normal process of the Highway Plan.
“With planned reconstruction in downtown
“As the community continues its rebuilding effort after such devastating tornados, I’m very appreciative we have this funding to help West Liberty improve main roads for better traffic flow, making it safer and more accessible for folks who live here and the trucks traveling through the city,” said Sen. Robert Stivers, of Manchester.
“The road widening is a critical project for our community, and I’m committed to doing all I can to help provide funding through the budget. Today’s announcement is a great step forward and is definitely appreciated,” said Rep. John Will Stacy, of
“Gov. Beshear and his leadership, as well as his entire team, have shown true compassion and understanding to the needs of our devastated area and it certainly has not gone unnoticed. It takes an extraordinary governor to respond in devastating times,” said Judge-Executive Conley. “This governor has given 110 percent to the quality of life for our people.”
“This announcement by Gov. Beshear just magnifies his commitment and concern for our city and county,” said Mayor Rupe. “The traffic flow through