Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
Governor Fletcher Presents Funding for Highway, Community Projects in Butler County

Press Release Date:  Friday, April 20, 2007  
Contact Information:  Jodi Whitaker

Mark Brown

Provides improved pavement for Natcher Parkway, funding for Boys and Girls Club

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher visited Morgantown today to announce more than $9.9 million in funding for several infrastructure improvement projects and a community development initiative in Butler County.

Highlighting the administration’s steadfast commitment to build roads to opportunities, the Governor presented local officials with a ceremonial check totaling $8.4 million for a pavement rehabilitation project on a portion of the William H. Natcher Parkway. 

“The Natcher Parkway is a vital transportation link for the citizens of Butler County, and a critical element of this region’s future economic potential,” said Governor Fletcher.  “This investment furthers our dedication to providing a safe highway network that paves the way for new economic opportunities and improved quality of life for every Kentuckian.”

The project announced today includes a new driving surface for the four-lane divided highway between the Warren/Butler County line and the U.S. 231 interchange at Morgantown.  The project is expected to begin as early as next week. 

“The investments Governor Fletcher has announced today will definitely give a boost to our efforts to stimulate economic development here in Butler County,” said Sen. Brett Guthrie (R-Bowling Green). “If a business is considering relocation to Butler County, one of the first things they’re going to look at is the quality of the highway system in this area.”

Other ceremonial checks presented by the Governor to citizens of Butler County include:

  • $433,000 for repaving approximately five miles of KY 79 from U.S. 231 to Northlan Circle Road
  • $260,000 for deck restoration and waterproofing of the Aberdeen Bridge on U.S. 231
  • $120,000 for guardrail installation on KY 70.  Guardrail will be installed at the approaches of the Big Reedy Creek Bridge, Panther Creek Bridge, and the Little Reedy Creek Bridge
  • $279,000 for bridge replacement work over East Prong Indian Camp, located between Dexterville Road and Welcome Road in northern Butler County

“We are very grateful for the attention Governor Fletcher has given to upgrading the condition of our roads,” said Rep. C.B. Embry (R-Morgantown). “The funding announced here today is going to go a long way in addressing safety improvements as well as enhancing our ability to attract new industry to Morgantown. Good roads will also bring more tourists who will enjoy the Green River.”

The Governor also made three surprise funding announcements during the event that include:

  • $320,000 for resurfacing Cool Springs Road
  • $90,000 to replace the Love-Brooklyn Road Bridge
  • $75,000 to the city of Morgantown for the Tyler Road rehabilitation project

“Governor Fletcher’s leadership is spurring major progress in the effort to build a viable highway network for our future,” said Transportation Cabinet Secretary Bill Nighbert.  “We are committed to providing a safe and reliable highway infrastructure that cultivates new opportunities for jobs and businesses throughout the commonwealth.”

$46,000 in state funds to help local Boys and Girls Club

Governor Fletcher announced $46,000 in state funds for projects benefiting the Boys and Girls Club Inc. of Butler County. 

The Governor presented a ceremonial check to local officials representing a $3,500 Local Government Economic Development Fund (LGEDF) grant to purchase four new computers and additional accessories to better meet the educational needs of members.

“The Boys and Girls Club offers underprivileged students a safe environment for engaging in recreational and educational activities,” said Governor Fletcher.  “Whether doing reading and math exercises or researching for a paper, the computer upgrades benefit students at every grade level. This funding helps provide the resources these students need to develop skills that enable them to be productive citizens.” 

In a surprise announcement, Governor Fletcher also presented local officials with a ceremonial check totaling $42,500 in state funds for a building renovation project.  The funds will purchase materials to complete renovations to the Old Antique Shop in Morgantown. Once complete, the building will serve as an additional location for club activities.

The Butler County program has more than 500 members and serves approximately 120 school age youth per day. Services and programs currently operate after school and during the summer from facilities on South Tyler Street and at North Butler Elementary School.

The Boys and Girls Club Inc. began serving the youth of Butler County in December 1996.  

The Governor’s Office for Local Development is the agency responsible for administering the funding for these projects.