Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
Governor Fletcher, Transportation Officials Celebrate Record $1 Billion Investment

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

Doug Hogan

Milestone signifies administration’s commitment to building strong communities

FRANKFORT, Ky. – For the first time ever, the commonwealth has invested $1 billion in transportation projects during a one-year period. Governor Ernie Fletcher joined Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) officials and employees today to celebrate this historic $1 billion milestone, which is making our roads safer and creating new economic opportunities.

“This historic milestone underscores my unwavering commitment to improving safety and mobility on our highways,” said Governor Fletcher.  “Investing in projects to improve safety and mobility decreases congestion and reduces pollution. Improving Kentucky’s transportation infrastructure is essential as we build strong communities.”

“Governor Fletcher’s bold leadership is fostering historic progress for Kentucky’s highway infrastructure,” said Transportation Cabinet Secretary Bill Nighbert.  “We are grateful for the dedication and commitment of our KYTC family, whose hard work is a huge part of this celebration. This accomplishment would not have been possible without the tireless efforts of our many wonderful employees.”

The Transportation Cabinet surpassed the previous award record in November, when the total award for 2006 reached $792 million.  The December letting continued the record-breaking trend. 

During today’s $1 billion celebration, Governor Fletcher signed paperwork awarding a $24.4 million project in Madison County, bringing this year’s total award amount to more than $1 billion.

The Madison County project will add a new interchange at I-75 and Duncannon Road. In addition, the project improves the 3.5 mile section of Duncannon Road from the interchange to US 25 and provides better access to the Blue Grass Army Depot and the Madison County Industrial Park. 

“The I-75/Duncannon Road project will greatly improve safety and provide greater access to the interstate highway system for area residents and businesses,” said Marc Williams, commissioner of the Department of Highways.  “This project exemplifies this administration’s investment in a safe and reliable highway network for the entire commonwealth.”  

“I can’t think of a more representative project to mark this historic day,” said Sen. Ed Worley (D-Richmond).  “The $1 billion in projects are a testament to bipartisan collaboration between the legislature and Governor Fletcher, with the common goal of improving our highway network.”

“We are pleased to have reached the $1 billion mark in state highway projects, which represents a great move forward for transportation in Kentucky,” said Rep. Harry Moberly (D-Richmond).  “The Duncannon Road project is very important to the future and progress of Madison County.  A modern transportation system is vital to create opportunities for future generations of Kentuckians.”   

Greater efficiency and better management of taxpayer dollars are allowing the Transportation Cabinet to significantly increase investment to the road fund, paving the way for needed highway improvement projects across the commonwealth.

A recent report, published by the Reason Foundation, ranked Kentucky’s highway system the seventh most efficient in the country.  The annual report examined cost versus effectiveness of highway systems in all 50 states to determine the rankings.