North Oldham schools to receive over $1.8 million to improve traffic safety

GOSHEN, Ky. (WTVQ/Press Release) – The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) is providing Oldham County schools $1,810,000 to use for traffic safety improvements around three schools on the North Oldham campus.

“As a dad of an 11- and a 12-year-old, keeping our kids safe is one of my top priorities. Today, we’re making that happen in this community, building on momentum that Oldham County schools have already created,” said Gov. Andy Beshear. “This project will keep our students, educators and staff safe, along with many other community members who drive on Kentucky Highway 1793 every day.”

This investment is the latest in the governor’s plans to improve highway safety near schools. Almost 70 safety improvement projects have been identified, of which the full list can be viewed here.

In Oldham County, a two-lane road, KY 1793, serves as an access route for three schools – North Oldham High School, North Oldham Middle School and Harmony Elementary School.

The announced funding will be used to design and construct new turning lanes to reduce traffic backups. The project is in an early planning stage.

“When complete, these turn lanes will ensure safe access to the three schools in this area. That’s a big improvement for the families that drop off and pick up children every day and for anyone who commutes through here,” said Speaker of the House David Osborne, who represents part of Oldham County, including the North Oldham schools campus. “The Cabinet did a tremendous job of prioritizing this and other projects included in the 2020 Highway Plan and I appreciate the Governor taking advantage of an opportunity to allocate money to move these projects up and get them done within two years instead of three or four.”

“School safety has been a major concern for many Kentucky families,” said Sen. Karen Berg, who represents Oldham County and part of Jefferson County. “Gov. Beshear and those in his administration realize that, and I am thrilled to see their efforts in directing funds toward the protection of our students. As our children return to the classroom, it is essential they have a safe environment both in and around their schools.”

KYTC expects to use $130,000 in funding to design turn lanes for the campus of these three schools and will use $1.68 million to construct those lanes. Engineers are still researching on site and confirming plans for the project with Oldham County leaders. They will attempt to accommodate as many of the district’s needs as possible. KYTC may include new pedestrian safety facilities and upgrades in the project as well.

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