Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
Governor Fletcher Participates in Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for $4.3 Million Project in Paducah

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, December 05, 2006  
Contact Information:  Jodi Whitaker

Doug Hogan

Keith Todd

Governor also announces $2.77 million in additional highway funds

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher joined city and state officials in Paducah today to cut the ribbon on the first phase of the Pecan Drive-Buckner Lane project. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) funded the $4.3 million realignment and widening project while the city provided engineering and design work for the new corridor between US 62 and the Kentucky Oaks Mall area. 

“This project is a prime example of the good things that can happen when state and local governments work collectively toward common goals that lead to strong communities,” Governor Fletcher said. “This new corridor will help relieve traffic congestion for shoppers in the mall area and provide additional access to one of Paducah’s primary shopping districts.”

Combined with ongoing efforts to improve access to the mall area via Olivet Church Road, today’s ribbon cutting was also symbolic of the enhanced safety and convenience the project affords motorists.

“The reconstruction of this important connection will also serve to reduce bottlenecks and improve traffic flow by allowing for traffic to better navigate in and around this important commercial area,” Paducah Mayor Bill Paxton said. “We appreciate the state’s financial commitment to this project.

“This new road allows Paducah residents to access the mall area without having to travel one of the busiest sections of U.S. 60 and Interstate 24,” said Sen. Bob Leeper (I-Paducah).  “This new road adds a substantial level of safety while providing better local access to the region’s main retail and commercial power center.  It’s good for motorists and it’s good for future job growth.”

Following the ribbon cutting, Governor Fletcher delivered ceremonial checks totaling an additional $2,775,000 for projects to improve the highway infrastructure and allow for new economic development opportunities in Paducah.

“These projects help fulfill Governor Fletcher’s vision for a modern, accessible highway network that provides safe transportation and new economic opportunities,” added Transportation Secretary Bill Nighbert. “These funds demonstrate the commitment of the Governor and this administration to improve highway infrastructure in Paducah, McCracken County and this entire region of the commonwealth.”

The funds will be used in the following manner:

  • City of Paducah – $2 million for the widening of Olivet Church Road from the rear mall entrance to U.S. 60
  • City of Paducah – $325,000 to continue designing the next phase of Pecan Drive-Buckner Lane from U.S. 62 to U.S 45
  • City of Paducah – $450,000 in KYTC bond funds for the resurfacing of various city streets 

“What appeared to be a great idea has exceeded our expectations,” concluded Rep. Frank Rasche (D-Paducah).  “I am thankful we’ve been able to do it. The city and state have come together to work on projects that provide a great benefit to our community and provide our taxpayers with a great value for the money invested.”