Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
Governor Ernie Fletcher Presents Funding for Community Projects in Grayson County

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, July 25, 2006  
Contact Information:  Jodi Whitaker

Doug Hogan

Jason Keller

Dan Bayens

Funds will improve roads, expand infrastructure

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher visited Leitchfield today to present ceremonial checks to local officials and announce funding for community projects administered by different state agencies.   

The presentation by Governor Fletcher included an announcement of Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) bond money amounts for the city of Leitchfield and Grayson County. 

“Safe and accessible roads are an important component to promoting development and providing opportunities for Kentucky communities,” said Governor Fletcher.  “These projects will provide great benefit for the people of Grayson County.”

The funds will be used to improve city streets and county roads.  Governor Fletcher announced the following funding for projects:

  • Grayson County received $61,959 for the bridge over Meeting Creek. This project funding allows for overlaying the bridge deck on KY 920 over Meeting Creek with new concrete.
  • Grayson County received $2,743,167 for the Wendell Ford Parkway - KY 224 Interchange. The addition of these ramps will complete the interchange and provide access to Clarkson and East Grayson County from the west.  It will also improve the reliability of the road system and encourage economic development for Grayson County.
  • Grayson County also received $56,490 for pavement rehabilitation at various locations on the Wendell Ford Western KY Parkway. This project is currently under construction, reconditioning a deteriorated section of the Wendell Ford Parkway and overlaying it with new blacktop. The completed project will provide a smoother ride for motorists and safer road conditions.
  • Grayson County received $5,583,402 for 41 miles of guardrail along Falls of Rough Road. This project provides for the installation of new guardrail on KY 79 between Caneyville and Short Creek, locally known as Ferry Hill.  This has been the site of frequent accidents and guardrail installation will improve the safety of this site.

Homeland Security Funding

Governor Fletcher also announced a $389,477 homeland security grant for the Grayson County Fiscal Court. The grant award will provide Enhanced 9-1-1 service throughout the county.

Enhanced 9-1-1 provides the emergency dispatch center with caller identification information and the location of the caller, regardless of whether it is a landline or cell phone call. 

Budget Bill Line-Item Projects

Governor Fletcher also presented ceremonial checks to officials for three Budget Bill (HB 380) line-item projects:

Officials from the city of Leitchfield were presented with a ceremonial check for $500,000 in HB 380 line-item funding to be used for infrastructure expenses related to the expansion of the city’s industrial park. 

The city of Caneyville received a ceremonial check for $100,000 in budget bill line-item funding to be used for purchasing municipal maintenance equipment.

Officials from the city of Clarkson were presented with $100,000 in HB 380 funding that will be used to purchase equipment for municipal maintenance.  

"The legislation allowed for flexibility in funding so that community projects could be tailored to community needs," said Sen. Carroll Gibson (R-Leitchfield).

HB 380 line-item projects such as these are administered by the Governor’s Office for Local Development (GOLD). 

Leitchfield Wastewater Rehabilitation Project

Also while in Leitchfield, Governor Fletcher, joined by state and local officials, broke ground for a $1 million Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) project that will rehabilitate the wastewater infrastructure in Leitchfield.  Funds will be used to replace three undersized and dilapidated pumping stations. 

“This infrastructure improvement project will have a tremendous impact on the quality of life in Grayson County,” said Rep. C.B. Embry (R-Morgantown).  “I am pleased to see this project moving forward.”

Kentucky's U.S. Congressional leaders’ continued support of the CDBG program allows the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to make funds available through GOLD to provide assistance to communities for use in revitalizing neighborhoods, expanding affordable housing and economic opportunities, providing infrastructure and/or improving community facilities and services. 

Caneyville Sewer Extension Project

Governor Fletcher also presented officials from the city of Caneyville with a ceremonial check for $180,000 in Community Economic Growth Grant (CEGG) funding for a sewer extension project. 

The funding will be used to extend an 8-inch gravity sewer interceptor main along KY Highway 79. The project also includes funding for 1,000 linear feet of 6-inch lateral lines, 14 manholes and other applicable appurtenances. The project will serve approximately 25 new customers that are currently on septic systems and will provide sewer access to future development areas along KY Highway 79.

CEGG funding is administered by GOLD through the Office of State Grants.