Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
Governor Fletcher Breaks Ground on Highway Project in Taylor County

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, April 03, 2007  
Contact Information:  Jodi Whitaker

David Devers

New project to be key part of Heartland Parkway

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher and officials from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) joined state and local leaders in Campbellsville today to break ground of an essential portion of the Heartland Parkway.

The $20.6 million project includes widening KY 210 from U.S. 68 to KY 3183. It also involves widening KY 55 to five lanes from KY 1625 to U.S. 68. 

“Heartland Parkway is critical to the economic prosperity of Campbellsville, Taylor County and all of South Central Kentucky,” said Governor Fletcher. “It creates a safer and more efficient connection between South Central Kentucky and the rest of the state’s parkway and interstate system, benefiting not only area businesses that need an efficient way to move their products to the world, but providing better access to the great things Campbellsville and Taylor County have to offer..”

The Taylor County project will use a design-build approach, allowing different phases of the project to be build simultaneously. This innovative approach puts projects on the fast track to completion and means significant savings for Kentucky taxpayers.

“This is an important step toward making the Heartland Parkway a reality,” said Sen. Dan Kelly (R-Springfield).  “We must work together to ensure that Kentucky has a modern highway network that leads to new jobs and opportunities.  I appreciate the Governor’s strong commitment to enhance the transportation infrastructure and improve the quality of life for the residents of Taylor County.”

"This is a very important event for Taylor County, and I want to thank Governor Fletcher for his leadership and his attention to the needs of this area,” stated Rep. Russ Mobley (R-Campbellsville).  “With the strong growth of commerce in this region, this project is very timely and will help relieve the growing congestion on our roads."

“Governor Fletcher’s vision of highway infrastructure improvements for Taylor County will pave the way for many more economic opportunities in this area,” said Transportation Cabinet Secretary Bill Nighbert.  “Investments like the development of the Heartland Parkway offer improved access to regional assets like Campbellsville University and the recreational attractions of Green River Lake.”

Another portion of the Heartland Parkway is also in the fast lane for completion.  The $22.5 million Columbia Bypass project begins this spring. When completed, the Heartland Parkway will connect the Cumberland Parkway at Columbia with the Bluegrass Parkway in Washington County.

More than $2 million in state funds for additional community projects

Governor Fletcher also announced more than $2 million in state funds for several community development projects in Taylor County, including $358,595 for the Heartland Commerce and Technology Park expansion project. The other projects receiving funding are:

  • More than $1.3 million to upgrade raw water intake structures and to improve water lines.
  • $317,900 to upgrade computer software and purchase new equipment for the Team Taylor County-Tech Center. Since opening in 2002, the tech center has provided workforce development services to more than 6,000 people in Taylor County and surrounding counties. The upgrades enable the facility to offer a wider variety of services to better meet the needs of the business community.
  • $200,000 for downtown development projects, including renovations to the courthouse square.

The Governor’s Office for Local Development and the Kentucky Infrastructure Authority are the agencies responsible for administering the funding for these projects.

Surprise check presentation

Governor Fletcher also made a surprise check presentation of $100,000 in transportation funds to be used to upgrade the highway network in Taylor County. The money will be used for two bridge replacement projects.