Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
Governor Fletcher, Transportation Officials Announce $33.9 Million in Federal Funds Available

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, September 19, 2006  
Contact Information:  Jodi Whitaker

Selena Curry

Federal dollars go to road projects in Kentucky

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher and officials from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet have been notified by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) that the state has received an additional $33.9 million to improve Kentucky’s transportation infrastructure.

The award is the largest redistribution funding total Kentucky has ever received from the FHWA.  The additional funding will be used on federal projects throughout the commonwealth which are already in the 2006 six-year highway plan.

“The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is committed to providing safe and reliable roads across Kentucky – roads which will enhance economic opportunities and improve the quality of life for Kentuckians,” said Governor Fletcher. “I applaud Secretary Nighbert and his staff for their efficient use of federal road dollars and their ability to secure these additional funds.”

Kentucky’s share of the $2.1 billion in federal funding for all 50 states and the District of Columbia is more than the $29.4 million median amount allotted. The funding comes from the FHWA’s end-of-year redistribution of obligation authority process.

“Under the guidance of Governor Ernie Fletcher, these additional funds will help preserve and advance Kentucky’s highway system,” said Transportation Secretary Bill Nighbert. “Because of good practices and responsible management of our federal dollars, we are receiving this $33.9 million return.”

In August of each year, FHWA requests that each state provide a breakdown of how remaining current fiscal year funding will be used. Once FHWA is assured that the state can use all of its current federal funding, that state can request additional federal funds.

KYTC works throughout the fiscal year to efficiently use its allocated federal funding in order to be eligible for additional funding in August.

In the past five years, through the cabinet’s efficiency in using federal funding and being prepared to request additional federal funding, the cabinet has received more than $79 million in additional funds – $7.5 million in 2002, $6.5 million in 2003, $14 million in 2004, $17.4 million in 2005, and $33.9 million in 2006.