Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
Governor Fletcher Awards Funding for Whitley County Transportation Projects
Over $6 Million Earmarked for Projects in Corbin, Williamsburg and Whitley County
FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher visited Williamsburg today to present checks for six Whitley County transportation projects. The projects will address various transportation-related needs, including safety at an I-75 interchange, paving of city and county roads, and improvement of a downtown streetscape.
“Our highest priority is always on safety,” said Governor Fletcher. “We came to Whitley County today to speak to a number of issues which directly affect the safety and prosperity of everyone in this area.”
A $4.4 million check was presented to the Whitley County Fiscal Court for the reconstruction of the I-75/KY92 Interchange at Exit 11.
“This important project is representative of the many millions of dollars we’re investing all across Kentucky to improve our Commonwealth’s interstate highway system,” Governor Fletcher added.
Transportation Cabinet Secretary Bill Nighbert pointed out that the project will have a definite impact on the Whitley County economy.
“Economic development can proceed at a kind of healthy pace with a plan like this one,” said Secretary Nighbert. “We’re improving capacity at a very congested interchange and making crossings safer for everyone. If you want positive growth you have to make positive changes like this.”
In addition to funding for paving projects for city streets in Williamsburg and Corbin and county roads in Whitley County, checks were also presented for a transportation enhancement program in Williamsburg and a “Safe Routes to Schools” pilot project in Corbin.
The Safe Routes to School program is comprised of five elements referred to as the five E’s. The selection process was driven by the following:
Engineering—creating operational and physical improvements to the infrastructure surrounding schools that reduce speeds and potential conflicts with motor vehicle traffic, and establishing safer and fully accessible crossings, walkways, trails and bikeways.
Education—teaching children about the broad range of transportation choices, instructing them in important lifelong bicycling and walking safety skills and launching driver safety campaigns in the vicinity of schools.
Enforcement—partnering with local law enforcement agencies to ensure traffic laws are obeyed in the vicinity of schools (including enforcement of speeds, yielding to pedestrians in crossings, and proper walking and bicycling behaviors), and to initiate community enforcement such as crossing guard programs.
Encouragement—events and activities to promote walking and bicycling (bike rodeos).
Evaluation—monitoring and documenting outcomes and trends through the collection of data both before and after the intervention.
“Every time we complete projects like these, we’re making Kentucky healthier and safer,” said Executive Cabinet Secretary Robbie Rudolph. “The idea is to encourage more folks to get out more often for biking and walking. We’re trying to get Kentuckians ‘On Their Feet and On the Move.’ This is definitely a step in the right direction.”
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