Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
Governor Fletcher Breaks Ground on Reidland Park Road Intersection Project

Press Release Date:  Friday, August 31, 2007  
Contact Information:  Jodi Whitaker

Lindy Robinson

Investment will enhance safety, relieve congestion

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher today broke ground for a $1.2 million safety improvement investment in McCracken County. A crossroads known as the “Reidland Y” will be reconfigured into a modern, signalized intersection.  The Governor told a crowd at the event in Reidland that the new intersection will greatly improve safety.

“These critical safety upgrades will relieve congestion and ease traffic flow while providing better access to local schools, churches, and area businesses,” said Governor Fletcher.  “This investment exemplifies my administration’s commitment to improving safety on our highways.”

The “Reidland Y,” through which 9,000 vehicles pass per day, will be realigned and turn lanes will be added. The safer intersection is a long awaited improvement for the area and its travelers, which include school buses going to and from Reidland High School and Reidland Middle School.

Improved traffic safety has been a top priority of the Fletcher administration, and the Governor has championed legislation to reduce fatalities on Kentucky roadways.  The highway safety measures are saving lives.

Rep. Mike Cherry (D-Princeton) applauded the Governor and the Transportation Cabinet for moving the project forward. “This project will improve road infrastructure within McCracken County while allowing safer traveling for everyone,” said Rep. Cherry.

“Ensuring adequate and safe transportation infrastructure is essential to the future of our region,” said state Sen. Bob Leeper (I-Paducah). “I am proud to join Governor Fletcher and the Transportation Cabinet leadership to mark this important day. This project will impact the community significantly.”

Construction on the project is now under way.