Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
Governor Fletcher Brings Important Transportation and Public Safety Projects to Georgetown

Press Release Date:  Thursday, January 11, 2007  
Contact Information:  Jodi Whitaker

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher visited Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky in Georgetown today to break ground on a widening project on I-75 in Scott County and to present a homeland security check to provide mobile data computers to area first responders.

“Kentucky’s highway infrastructure is one of our Commonwealth’s greatest assets,” said Governor Fletcher.  “The improvements we make to our transportation network enhance the quality of life for our residents and serve as the foundation for new economic opportunities.

Additionally, ensuring the safety and security of Kentuckians is one of my administration’s top priorities. Effective communication is essential to our public safety personnel to help us prevent crime and respond to emergencies.” 

The $49,880,219 transportation project involves the widening of north and southbound I-75 to three lanes from south of the Pokeberry Road Overpass (MP 138.05) to the Scott-Grant County Line (MP 143.23).  The project was awarded to a joint venture consisting of Central Rock Mineral Company of Lexington and Nally & Gibson, LLC of Georgetown and has a scheduled completion date of June 1, 2009.

“This is prime example of Governor Fletcher’s focus on moving Kentucky forward and building strong communities along the way,” said Transportation Cabinet Secretary Bill Nighbert. “The I-75 project is just one of the many projects we are undertaking to significantly improve the state’s transportation network before the world comes to Kentucky for the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.” 

The Georgetown homeland security project, totaling $553,635.20, will provide for more than 50 computers to be installed in local response vehicles. Mobile data computers are a rapidly emerging technology tool for first responders. They enable responders to quickly send and receive critical and timely reports and provide an added means of communication.

“I appreciate Gov. Fletcher visiting Scott County to present these important checks,” said Sen. Damon Thayer (R-Georgetown).  “The homeland security funds will ensure that our local first responders can communicate with one another in emergencies, and the widening of I-75 will improve safety and travel along this great artery of commerce in time for the World Equestrian Games in 2010.”

"The expansion of I-75 will help create economic opportunity for Scott County and provide a safer driving environment for everyone traveling this busy corridor," said Majority Caucus Chair Charlie Hoffman, (D-Georgetown).  "The new state of the art mobile data computers will help local responders do their jobs more quickly and efficiently, and I'm grateful for this homeland security funding."

Sixty-nine percent of the discretionary funding distributed by the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security this year has been invested in enhanced communications for Kentucky’s first responders and 9-1-1 upgrades. That includes $6.47 million for mobile data computers.

“Providing Kentucky’s first responders and citizens with the ability to effectively communicate and share information is the Commonwealth’s number one public safety priority,” said (Ret) Maj. Alecia Webb-Edgington, Director of the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security. 

Since 2004, Georgetown and Scott County have received or directly benefited from more than $2 million in state homeland security funds.