Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
Governor Fletcher, Transportation Cabinet Secure Additional Federal Highway Funding

Press Release Date:  Thursday, September 13, 2007  
Contact Information:  Jodi Whitaker

Mark Brown

$19 million redirected to Kentucky for highway improvements

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher today announced that Kentucky is getting an additional $19 million from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), due in part to efficient management of finances by the Transportation Cabinet (KYTC). Governor Fletcher said the funding will be used for federal projects in the KYTC six-year plan.

“This is a significant level of funding that will be used to continue our commitment to build 21st century roads to 21st century opportunities,” said Governor Fletcher.  “Secretary Bill Nighbert and cabinet employees are to be commended for their hard work and dedication, which continues to yield positive results for all of Kentucky.” 

Kentucky’s award – $19,029,829 – is part of an end-of-year redistribution of $1.2 billion to the 50 states and District of Columbia.  Each August, the FHWA asks states how remaining fiscal year funding will be used.  A state can request additional funds once FHWA is assured the state can use all of its allocation. 

KYTC constantly strives for efficiency to be eligible for additional funding, which in the past six years has amounted to more than $98 million.

“Governor Fletcher’s bold leadership continues to produce historic opportunities that maximize the use of our financial resources,” Nighbert said.  “Under the Governor’s watch, we have moved forward with the most aggressive yet fiscally responsible highway improvement program in our state’s history.”