Department of Highways, District 11

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, July 19, 2006  
Contact Information:  SANDY RUDDER
(606) 598-2145

London, Kentucky - (July 19, 2006) - Governor Ernie Fletcher and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) announced today that $1,332,735 in KYTC bond funds have been awarded to the city of London and Laurel County.  Secretary of the Executive Cabinet, Robbie Rudolph, represented the Governor and presented ceremonial checks to local officials during an event at the Laurel County Courthouse this afternoon. 

“Through government efficiencies and better management practices, Governor Fletcher has turned a billion dollar state deficit into a two hundred million dollar surplus,” said Secretary Rudolph.  “The funds we are delivering to the city of London and Laurel County are another example of Governor Fletcher’s commitment to improve local roads and infrastructure as we build stronger communities across Kentucky.”

The bond funds will be used in the following manner:

 Laurel County--$1,200,000 for resurfacing of various county roads
 Laurel County--$82,735 for turn lanes on Hal Rogers Parkway to provide access to Reed Road and Optimist Club Park
 City of London--$50,000 for the resurfacing of various city streets

Transportation Cabinet Secretary Bill Nighbert added “I want to commend Governor Fletcher for his leadership.  The improvements we make to our local transportation system make lives better for everyone in the community.”

In the past two years local governments have received more additional state funding for their local road systems than at any other time in the history of the commonwealth.

Also this afternoon, Secretary Rudolph presented a ceremonial check, on behalf of Governor Fletcher, to the London Police Department for $1,324.  The funds will be used to purchase four body armor vests for city police department officers.

The Kentucky Body Armor Program allows law enforcement agencies to acquire body armor for their sworn officers.  Funding for the program is derived from the sale of firearms that have been confiscated by state and local law enforcement agencies.  The program is a collaborative effort by the Governor's Office for Local Development (GOLD), the Kentucky State Police and the Division of Surplus Equipment. The current state price contract amount for an officer vest is $331.00 while the average cost of a canine vest is approximately $650.00.

Applications for the Kentucky Body Armor Program are available through the Governor's Office for Local Development and are accepted on a continual basis.  Projects are selected for funding three or four times a year based on need and the availability of funds.  Since its establishment, the program has approved 3,914 officer vests and 31 service animal vests.  This represents $1,463,703 that has been sent to local law enforcement agencies.  Additionally over $211,000 has been provided to the Kentucky State Police for new equipment.  The Kentucky Body Armor Program is administered by the Governor’s Office for Local Development.

Left to Right: Bob Mitchell, Cong. Hal Rogers Ofc., Representative Marie Rader, Laurel Co. Judge Exec. Lawrence Kuhl, Senator Tom Jenson, Representative Charlie Siler, Representative Tommy Turner, Executive Cabinet Secretary Robbie Rudolph and Transportation Cabinet Secretary Bill Nighbert