Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
Governor Ernie Fletcher Presents Funding for Woodford County Projects

Press Release Date:  Thursday, March 29, 2007  
Contact Information:  Jodi Whitaker

Mark Brown

Includes money for safety improvements at Woodford County Middle School 

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher visited Woodford County on Wednesday to deliver funding for a number of community transportation projects, including a surprise check that will pave the way for a safer route to school for Woodford County Middle School students.  The Governor presented a total of nearly $700,000 during the ceremony in Versailles.

“Children are our greatest asset and brightest hope for the future.  Our most important duty is to provide for their health and safety,” said Governor Fletcher.  “Funding for this project will provide a much safer and more direct route for the students on their way to class at Woodford County Middle School.  My administration will champion every opportunity to enhance safe, alternative transportation methods that will improve the health and welfare of our younger generation.” 

Governor Fletcher presented officials from the city of Versailles a $62,496 check for the Safe Routes to School project at Woodford County Middle School.  The money will be used to construct sidewalks that will provide students a safe, direct, multi-modal access to the school and to construct a bicycle storage and safety building at the school.

Also during the ceremony, Governor Fletcher delivered a $365,000 ceremonial check to the citizens of Woodford County for funding to provide improved access to the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) headquarters in Versailles. The project will extend Markham Drive to the KCTCS office. A new railroad crossing is included in the project.  The extension will provide direct access from U.S. 60 to the KCTCS headquarters.

The Governor also presented the citizens of Woodford County a $260,000 ceremonial check for discretionary road bond funds for widening Cummings Ferry Road (County Route 1202), providing safer access to a boating and recreational area.

“These are very valuable projects to our community, and I’m pleased the state will be able to fund them,” said Rep. Carl Rollins (D-Midway). 

“With the allocation of these funds, we are resolving KCTCS accessibility issues for the campus and residents, said Sen. Julian Carroll (D-Frankfort).  “The middle school project helps provide the necessities for a safe walking and bicycle path environment for our children and also encourages our community to pursue a healthier lifestyle walking, jogging and riding their bicycles in a safe and healthy family atmosphere.  Allocation of Road Fund monies is always a necessity in all of our communities.  We are grateful to Governor Fletcher for recognizing the needs of Woodford County by allocating these discretionary funds for various county road projects.”

“Governor Fletcher’s leadership is providing safer roads, improved infrastructure for schools and local governments, and a solid economic future for our great commonwealth,” said Transportation Cabinet Secretary Bill Nighbert.  “It is critical that the state be responsive to the needs of cities and counties all across the commonwealth in order to ensure local infrastructure will help bring economic prosperity and job opportunities to Kentucky.”