Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
Governor Fletcher Cuts Ribbon on $5.5 Million Project in Owenton

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, August 02, 2006  
Contact Information:  Jodi Whitaker

Safety and economic opportunity headline Owen County ceremony

FRANKFORT, Ky.  – Governor Ernie Fletcher joined Transportation Cabinet, state and local leaders today in Owenton to celebrate the completion of a highway upgrade project for KY 22 in Owenton. The project represents a $5.5 million investment in the highway infrastructure for Kentucky and Owen County.

“While addressing the key criteria of highway safety and economic vitality, this project includes enhancements to the county’s transportation infrastructure,” said Governor Fletcher. “Projects like this are the foundation for strong communities, which my administration is building all across the commonwealth.”

The improved 1.9-mile section of KY 22 begins at the US 127/KY 22 intersection and continues to the east, past Owen County’s elementary, middle and high schools. This upgraded section of KY 22 includes three lanes, as well as side walks, curbs and bike lanes for the entire length of the project. This is also the first step in a long-range plan for KY 22 which will upgrade the road from Owenton to I-75 in Grant County.

“This project provides a significantly safer route to Owen County Schools and represents the beginning of our efforts to pave the way to greater economic opportunity for everyone in Owen County,” said Transportation Cabinet Secretary Bill Nighbert.

“The widening and overall improvements made here will provide notably safer passage from downtown to the Owen County Schools,” said Sen. Damon Thayer (R-Georgetown.) Sen. Thayer also offered praise for the resident engineer and his team, who worked on this project every step of the way. “I especially want to thank Brian Young and his crew for their excellent work here,” Senator Thayer said. “This will have a major effect on easing congestion during the beginning and end of each school day.”

“The original intent with this project was to provide a smoother and safer flow of traffic during school hours,” said Rep. Royce Adams (D-Dry Ridge.) “Now our attention is focused on the long-range goal of connecting Owenton to I-75, with a vastly improved Highway 22.”