Department of Highways, District 5
FUNDING AUTHORIZED FOR KY 1494 PROJECT IN BULLITT COUNTY
SHEPHERDSVILLE, KY (July 8, 2005)-During a press conference at the Shepherdsville City Hall today, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet announced Governor Ernie Fletcher has authorized $100,000 in funding for the City of Shepherdsville to proceed with the relocation of KY 1494, locally known as Beech Grove Road. This funding will be used for the design phase of a project to relocate KY 1494 along Old Ford Road and connecting to KY 61. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is funding this portion of the project and the design will be administered by the City of Shepherdsville.
“By authorizing this money, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is fulfilling Governor Fletcher’s primary mission to improve economic development and quality of life for the citizens of Kentucky” stated Chief District Engineer Barry Sanders of the Louisville District Department of Highways. “Bullitt County is one of the fastest growing counties in the state. Consequently, the need for improvements to the roadways in this county has become essential.” This area of KY 1494 has seen much growth over the last few years with the construction of several residential developments.
State Senator Gary Tapp is working with Mayor Joseph Sohm and the Shepherdsville City Council to move this project forward. “Beech Grove Road has been a concern of mine since I was elected to the Senate,” said Tapp. “This road is heavily congested. Widening KY 1494 along Old Ford Road will make this roadway safer for the residents and motorists in the area.”
“Safety has always been my chief concern on Beech Grove Road,” said Mayor Joseph Sohm. “This project will increase the quality of life for our citizens by alleviating a tremendous traffic problem and making this stretch of highway safer for our motorists and school buses that travel it daily.”