Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communication Office
Governor Ernie Fletcher joins State and Local Officials in presenting more than $3.4 million in funding for Berea Highway Projects

Press Release Date:  Monday, November 21, 2005  
Contact Information:  Brett Hall
Michael Goins
Jodi Whitaker

Checks will provide funding for the Berea Bypass, Mayde Road and Highway Beautification

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Today, Governor Ernie Fletcher joined Kentucky Transportation Secretary Bill Nighbert, several state legislators as well as local elected officials and community leaders to announce funding for highway projects for the city of Berea.  The administration is providing funding for the projects.  The City of Berea is responsible for conducting the design, utilities, and right-of-way phases of the projects while the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet will administer the construction phases. 

“Our highway system is the driving force behind Kentucky’s economic prosperity and flourishing commerce,” said Governor Ernie Fletcher.  “These projects underscore my administration’s commitment to providing a safe and reliable transportation system throughout the commonwealth.” 

Presented at the event were checks for the following projects:

  • $3,000,000 for the widening of Mayde Industrial Road.  This project will widen Mayde Road from the proposed new approach with the Berea Bypass to approximately 200 feet north of the railroad crossing for a distance of 1.3 miles.  Design and construction of this project will be overseen by the City of Berea.
  • $447,406 in design funds for the Berea Bypass.  This project will consist of a new route from Ky 21 to KY 595 near I-75 exit 77 and is approximately 5.28 miles in length.  Located on the northeastern side of Berea the bypass will consist of a four (4) lane roadway for KY 595 to KY 1016 and will transition to two (2) lanes from KY 1016 to KY 21.  Phase one of the project, from Exit 77 to US 25 is expected to begin in the summer of 2006.  Total for the project is approximately $37 million.
  • $10,000 for the beautification of I-75 exit 77 Interchange.  Through the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s highway beautification program, the City of Berea will landscape and maintain right-of-way areas associated with the Exit 77 Interchange.  Through this program the Cabinet will provide up to $10,000 in funding for landscape materials.

“These projects exemplify the improvements that the Governor and I want to make in our transportation network,” said Secretary Nighbert.  “The Berea Bypass and Mayde Industrial Road improvements will provide the citizens of Berea and Madison County with an improved quality of life and increased economic development opportunities.  In addition, the landscaping and beautification of the I-75 exit 77 Interchange will provide for a Gateway to the City of Berea and Central Kentucky.”

State Senator Ed Worley (D-Richmond) told those who gathered at the artisan center for today’s announcement "Berea is a strong and vibrant community that must have a highway system that can accommodate the growth the city has already experienced.  These projects are true community projects that will make it easier to move goods and services, and safer for citizens."

The Senator’s comments were echoed by members of the State House of Representatives who were also in attendance.  “This Berea Bypass and Mayde Road improvements will serve a vital role in the lives of Berea and Madison County residents,” said Representative Lonnie Napier (R-Lancaster).  “I am extremely proud to represent this community and to have been able to assist in securing funding for these projects.”  Representative Harry Moberly (D-Richmond) added, “This community has long awaited these highway improvements, and I am honored to have played a role in making these projects a reality.”

The checks were presented by Governor Fletcher to Berea Mayor Steven Connelly. “The City of Berea appreciates greatly the support of these projects.  The Berea Bypass, when complete, will serve to greatly improve connectivity and decrease congestion associated with downtown Berea.  Furthermore, the improvements to Mayde Road will decrease congestion currently associated with our Industrial Park, thereby improving economic opportunity for the area.”

Transportation Cabinet Highways Commissioner Marc Williams concluded “Governor Fletcher’s vision for the cabinet, which is to provide a safe and reliable transportation system that supports Kentucky’s future economic growth, is clearly shown with these projects. “These highway projects will provide enormous benefits to the citizens of Berea and Madison County.”