Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
Governor Ernie Fletcher Announces More Than $4.1 Million in Community Project Funding

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, August 16, 2006  
Contact Information:  Jodi Whitaker

Selena Curry

Daniel Bayens

Projects will improve safety, enhance quality of life in Pike County

FRANKFORT, Ky. – A number of road projects aimed at improving safety and enhancing economic opportunities are now on the road to completion in Pike County.  Governor Ernie Fletcher presented Pike County officials with ceremonial checks representing more than $4.1 million in highway construction funding. Governor Fletcher, While speaking at today’s Pike County Rotary Club meeting, also announced additional funding to purchase body armor for the Pikeville Police Department and funding for a recreational trail project. 

“These are quality of life projects that will help us build strong communities,” said Governor Fletcher.  “With the grant for body armor, we are giving local police officers more tools to keep them safe as they patrol our streets. The construction projects further demonstrate my commitment to providing a safe and reliable highway network in every corner of the commonwealth.  We want safe roads that lead to new jobs.”

The following checks were presented to the citizens of Pike County and the City of Pikeville:

  • $1.5 million to resurface Grapevine Creek from KY 632 to the old railroad crossing
  • $953,351 to resurface Virgie-Dorton Road from Hardy Lane to KY 22 - construction began last month
  • $528,482 to replace a bridge and approaches on Stafford Cemetery Road over Blackberry Creek
  • $1.1 million to patch various state routes in Pike County

Pikeville Police Department Body Armor Funding

Governor Fletcher also presented a ceremonial check for $6,289 in Body Armor funding to officials from the Pikeville Police Department.  The grant will be used to acquire 19 officer vests.

The Kentucky Body Armor Program allows law enforcement agencies to acquire body armor for their sworn officers.  Funding for the program is derived from the sale of firearms that have been confiscated by state and local law enforcement agencies.  The program is a collaborative effort by GOLD, the Kentucky State Police and the Division of Surplus Equipment. The current state price contract amount for an officer vest is $331.

Applications for the Kentucky Body Armor Program are available through GOLD and are accepted on a continual basis.  Projects are selected for funding three or four times a year based on need and the availability of funds.  Since its establishment, the program has approved 3,914 officer vests and 31 service animal vests.  This represents over $1,463,703 that has been sent to local law enforcement agencies.  Additionally over $211,000 has been provided to the Kentucky State Police for new equipment.  The Kentucky Body Armor Program is administered by the GOLD.

Bob Amos Park Recreational Trail

Also while in Pikeville, Governor Fletcher announced funding in the amount of $70,000 for the Bob Amos Park Recreational Trail.  The funds will be used to construct a new trail that will link residential areas with the park and provide non-motorized access to the park’s entrance.

“This project is part of a strategic plan developed by the leaders of this community,” said Governor Fletcher.  “The successful development of Pikeville – past, present and future – is a result of their vision and hard work and I am proud to support their efforts.”

Bob Amos Park features many amenities, including a walking track, cross country trail, handicapped accessible nature trail, tennis courts, a YMCA facility, the Horse Ring Skate Park and a city-operated green house.

The grant is administered by the Governor’s Office for Local Development (GOLD).