Governor's Office for Local Development

Press Release Date:  Saturday, March 31, 2007  
Contact Information:  Lanny Brannock
Andi Johnson
Public Information Officer

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher today announced more than $1.2 million of roadway investments that will result in greater highway safety and more economic development in Lincoln County


“As we improve our highway network we are improving the quality of life for local residents and building stronger communities across the state,” Governor Fletcher said during a stop at the courthouse in Stanford.


The Governor presented ceremonial checks totaling $1,238,158 for the following road improvements and bridge replacements:

·                    $964,758 to the citizens of Lincoln County for resurfacing of several state routes within the county, including: Fall Lick Road (KY 3246), Ottenheim Road (KY 643), Geneva Road (KY 698), Sugar Grove Road (KY 1770)

·                    A surprise $100,000 presentation to the citizens of Lincoln County for resurfacing of various county roads

·                    $60,000 for Gilbert’s Creek bridge replacement

·                    $48,000 for Fairgrounds Road bridge replacement

·                    $45,000 for Tom Crawford Road bridge replacement

·                    $20,400 for guardrail upgrades on U.S. 150 at the intersection of KY 1369. Approximately 250 feet of guardrail will be installed on the north side of U.S. 150 across from KY 1369.  Crews also will install 200 feet of guardrail just north of Maywood Road.  Fishing Creek Road, a county road off KY 501 in the Kings Mountain community, will receive about 230 feet of guardrail.


“Today’s news is an example of the progress that can be made when folks work together to accomplish common goals,” said Sen. Ed Worley (D-Richmond).  “I appreciate Governor Fletcher’s support for initiatives that will further enhance the quality of life in Lincoln County, and I am proud to have played a role in helping make these funds available to the county.” 


“We are appreciative of the efforts of Governor Fletcher and his administration to help economic development and improve our highways here in Lincoln County,” said Rep. Danny Ford (R-Mount Vernon). 


Governor applauds local manufacturer for economic expansion


During today’s ceremony, Governor Fletcher praised Lincoln Manufacturing for its recent use of a state grant to facilitate the company’s $4.5 million equipment expansion. 


“These projects are further examples of the excellent working relationships that our administration has developed with local leaders,” said Governor Fletcher.  “Lincoln Manufacturing’s success is Lincoln County’s success. For more than a decade, this company has been a strong corporate citizen. This project demonstrates how the public and private sector can effectively work together to achieve mutually beneficial goals.  This is a prime example of how we are working to help businesses.”


In November 2006, the Governor’s Office for Local Development (GOLD) awarded a $400,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) to the Lincoln County Economic Development Authority for the purchase of equipment for lease to LML, a metal stamping facility located in the Stanford Industrial Park.


LML supplies automotive parts to Toyota, Honda, Chrysler and General Motors. The company currently employs 75 full time workers. The expansion is expected to create additional jobs.


This is the company’s fifth expansion since opening its doors in 1995.


Kentucky’s Congressional leaders’ continued support of the CDBG program has made the funding available nationally and within the Commonwealth. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development makes these funds available through GOLD, the state agency responsible for administering the CDBG Small Cities program.


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