$4 million in funding announced for road and infrastructure projects in Woodford County

Woodford County will receive $4,025,000 in funding for road and infrastructure projects

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ/PRESS RELEASE) – Woodford County will receive $4,025,000 in funding for road and infrastructure projects. According to the Kentucky Legislative Research Commission (LRC), the announcement follows the final day of a legislative session that resulted in a fiscally responsible state spending plan that makes significant investments upgrading and replacing the state’s outdated infrastructure, including transportation, water and waste water, and broadband.

“This funding will provide for major improvements to the safety and accessibility of our roads,” said Representative Daniel Fister. “Roads bring in new economic investment, allow access to essential services, and connect our rural areas to our cities.”

According to the LRC, the funding is part of HB 242, which provides more than $2.9 billion for the maintenance and construction of state roads over the next two years. The measure also includes $370 million for the rehabilitation and construction of bridges and sets aside $250 million to match federal dollars for mega projects in Northern, Eastern, and Western Kentucky.

The Woodford County allocation is earmarked for the following projects:

–          $1,000,000 to improve US-60 (Versailles Rd) from the Bluegrass Parkway/Huntertown Pike to Pisgah Pike

–          $1,780,000 for access management improvements on US-60 from Lexington Rd at Woodford Feed to Marsailles Dr

–          $275,000 to address the condition of Martha Lane Collins Bluegrass Parkway from MP 70.727 to MP 71.134

–          $970,000 to reconstruct McCracken Pike (KY-1650) on a new horizontal alignment to minimize pedestrian and vehicle conflicts near Woodford Reserve Distillery

“Safe, reliable transportation is critical to public safety.” Fister added. “The projects in our area increase access and prioritize safety for both vehicle passengers and pedestrians.”

According to the LRC, in addition to HB 242, lawmakers also crafted a two year budget for Kentucky’s Transportation Cabinet. That bill, HB 241, includes funding for programs like an additional $4 million to increase access to driver’s license and permit testing and $11.4 million to be divided equally among the state’s 54 general aviation airports.

“This road plan and cabinet budget provide a very organized, methodical approach that both meets today’s needs and lays the groundwork for tomorrow. We only have one chance to spend each dollar and we owe it to the taxpayers of Kentucky to get it right,” House Speaker David Osborne added. “I commend House Transportation Budget Chair Sal Santoro and Representative Fister for their commitment to prioritizing critical projects and identifying how we can make the most of the resources available to us.”

Lawmakers adjourned the 2022 Regular Session before midnight April 14. For further information about this legislation or any other actions taken by the Kentucky General Assembly, click HERE.

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