Beshear Calls For No-Frills Road Construction

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky road planners are scaling back
construction projects across the state in favor of smaller, less
expensive versions, Gov. Steve Beshear said.

The plan is to aim for more new roads and bridges with less
money, Beshear said Monday. And, under the Kentucky Transportation
Cabinet's new approach, future projects may not have as many lanes
or as much flair as some might like, Beshear said.

"We will simply tackle more projects sooner by being judicious
in how we design and how we build," Beshear said. "Of course
we're going to still build four-lane roads where needed, but plenty
of other projects can and will be scaled back."

Beshear is currently at odds with Senate President David
Williams over his veto earlier this year of a $3.8 billion road
plan authorized by the General Assembly. Beshear has said he vetoed
the legislation because it would have put undue restrictions on his
administration's ability to manage road projects.

Williams, a Burkesville Republican, has said Beshear doesn't
have the authority to spend money not specifically authorized by
state lawmakers.

A Franklin County circuit court judge has ruled that the
legislation was invalid because it was not given to Beshear before
midnight on the legislature's final day.


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