Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
Governor Ernie Fletcher Awards $19,366,998 in Highway Funds to Madison County
Funding also presented for other Madison County community projects
FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet announced today that $19,366,998 in road improvement funds have been awarded to Madison County. The money will be used for various road projects.
“Kentucky’s highway system makes up an important part of the fabric of our economy,” said Governor Ernie Fletcher. “This funding helps fulfill my administration’s commitment to improving economic opportunities and the quality of life for our citizens. Our vision is to provide a safe and reliable transportation network throughout the entire commonwealth.”
“Governor Fletcher is committed to improving the highway infrastructure in local communities throughout Kentucky,” said Executive Cabinet Secretary Robbie Rudolph. “These Madison County projects are illustrations of the governor providing solutions to the concerns of local residents.”
The projects include:
- $509,833.07 for Bridge Replacement on US 421 at the branch of Joe Lick Fork, 1.3 miles north of KY 594 and on KY 595 to construct a reinforced concrete box culvert over Judytown Branch.
- $615,572.07 for resurfacing and shoulder improvements on US 25, Mt. Vernon – Berea Road.
- $9,566,593 for widening of KY 169, Tates Creek Road, from West Main Street to Goggins Lane.
- $2,850,000 to the City of Berea for the widening of Menelaus Road, KY 1983
- $5,825,000 to the Madison County Fiscal Court for the reconstruction and improvement of Barnes Mill Road, KY 876.
“Our highway system is the driving force behind Kentucky’s economic prosperity and flourishing commerce,” said Transportation Cabinet Secretary Bill Nighbert. “These projects are excellent examples of the success we can have, working together in the spirit of cooperation. Further, these projects underscore Governor Fletcher’s commitment to providing a safe and reliable transportation system throughout the commonwealth.”
“Madison County is a strong and vibrant community that must have a highway system that can accommodate the growth it has already experienced. These projects are true community projects that will make it easier to move goods and services, and safer for citizens,” said Senator Ed Worley (D-Richmond). “It has been a privilege to work with this administration to ensure that these projects were funded.”
Governor Ernie Fletcher, Secretary Rudolph, and Secretary Nighbert presented the ceremonial checks to local officials at the Madison County Courthouse.
Wastewater Treatment Facility Funding
Governor Fletcher also presented a ceremonial check for $1 million in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding for Madison County. The funding will be used to construct a wastewater treatment plant and force main sewer lines to serve the northern area of the county.
The new wastewater facility will serve 570 customers in several neighborhoods, including the Adams Pointe, Madison Village and White Hall Manor subdivisions. Five inadequate existing plants will be abandoned and replaced with lift stations. The system will be operated and maintained by the Northern Madison County Sanitation District.
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 the Governor’s Office for Local Development (GOLD) to provide assistance to communities for use in revitalizing neighborhoods, expanding affordable housing and economic opportunities, providing infrastructure and improving community facilities and services.
Industrial Park Expansion
Also while in Madison County, Governor Fletcher presented a ceremonial check for Community Economic Growth Grant (CEGG) funding in the amount of $175,000. The funds will be used to help purchase property for an industrial park expansion.
The proposed site is served by Kentucky Utilities and Bluegrass Energy for electrical service and there will be an extension of water, gas and sewer line into the area by Richmond Utilities. Roads will be built when industries locate in the area and the site lay-out is determined. The cost of the development of infrastructure will be covered by the city of Richmond.
The expansion of the industrial park will allow the city’s recruitment efforts to continue, which is critical to the economic growth and vitality of the region.
CEGG funding is administered by GOLD through the Office of State Grants.
Safety City & Terrill Area Infrastructure Project
Governor Fletcher also presented a ceremonial check for $175,000 in CEGG funding that will be used to construct a wastewater collection system in central Madison County. The project will serve an innovative training center, Safety City, as well as the densely populated Terrill area.
Safety City is a regional training center for thousands of school children within a five-county area. Provision of public wastewater service to the center will allow Safety City to operate at its optimum level. The Terrill area is comprised of 172 homes and four businesses near Safety City.
The Madison County Health Department had written a letter of concern for this area due to ineffective and irreparable septic systems. This project will allow these households and businesses access to affordable wastewater service.
Governor Ernie Fletcher also presented a check to the Madison County Agricultural Development Council in the amount of $375,000 for agricultural diversification efforts in the commonwealth.
Madison County received Kentucky Agricultural Development Funds and they are being used for the following:
- The Madison County Farm Bureau received $9,500 to encourage diversification efforts in Madison County. The Agricultural Diversification program offers cost-share assistance with individual producers seeking to diversify production.
- The Madison County Farm Bureau was awarded $70,000 for the Farm Livestock Fencing Improvement program. This program offers cost-share assistance to individual producers in Madison County to improve pasture quantity, quality and efficient use for livestock producers resulting in increased net farm income.
- The Madison County Farm Bureau was awarded $74,000 for the Hay, Straw and Commodity Storage program in Madison County. This program offers cost-share assistance to individual producers seeking to increase income by implementing the best practices related to hay, straw and commodity storage and utilization. Using these practices will then improve feed and straw quality.
- The Madison County Farm Bureau was awarded $6,500 for the Technology Program to improve net farm income through cost share on technology that will improve farm operation efficiency and assist producers already exploring the use of technology in their operations, as well as producers who are interested in exploring technology for their operations.
- The Madison County Beef Cattle Association continues to support cattle diversification efforts in the county. They received $40,000 to support the Genetic Improvement program. This program was created to increase the genetic quality of dairy and beef cattle in Kentucky through the selection of superior sires, either through purchase or lease of sires or artificial insemination (Al).
- The Madison County Beef Cattle Association received $20,000 in support of the Forage Improvement and Utilization program. The forage program provides cost-share assistance with individual producers in Madison County through improved forage quality, quantity, and efficient use. It also encourages science-based forage management decisions.
- The Madison County Beef Cattle Association was awarded $45,000 for the Cattle Handling Facilities program. This program is to improve net farm income through improved cattle corrals and handling facilities for beef and dairy cattle. This allows for best management and health practices that augment efficient production and marketing opportunities for beef and dairy producers in the commonwealth.
- The Madison County Conservation District received $110,000 in support of the Forage Improvement and Utilization program. The forage program provides cost-share assistance with individual producers in Madison County through improved forage quality, quantity, and efficient use. It also encourages science-based forage management decisions.