FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher joined state and local officials in East Bernstadt in Laurel County today to break ground on a construction project that will transform the KY 30 corridor.
“We are breaking ground on a project that will impact Laurel County and the surrounding area for many years to come,” said Governor Ernie Fletcher. “This project will redefine KY 30, providing motorists a safer, wider roadway and ultimately improving the highway link between London, Tyner and Booneville.”
The project will provide a new alignment for a 4-mile section of KY 30 from Viva in Laurel County, extending eastward across the South Fork of Rockcastle River, including a new bridge. The project will meet another section of new construction in Jackson County.
The Governor also presented these ceremonial checks to the citizens of Laurel County:
· $1,070,000 for resurfacing of various county roads
· $3,100,000 for KY 192 bypass repairs
· $80,000 for a temporary traffic signal at the main entrance to South Laurel High School
“I commend Governor Fletcher for his leadership in providing the necessary resources to improve the transportation network in Laurel County,” said Rep. Marie Rader (R-McKee). “Improving KY 30 will strengthen the integrity of our regional highway system and help boost new opportunities for economic development and other benefits that lead to better quality of life for all Kentuckians.”
“The citizens of Laurel County and the surrounding region deserve safe and reliable highways,” said Sen. Tom Jensen (R-London). “We are grateful to Governor Fletcher for his unwavering support for these critical transportation improvements that will not only provide safer travel for motorists but will also help spur new jobs and economic opportunities for our area.”
Transportation Cabinet Secretary Bill Nighbert concluded: “The KY 30 construction project exemplifies the effectiveness of Governor Fletcher’s bold leadership to improve the quality of life for every person in Kentucky. This administration has worked closely with local officials throughout the commonwealth to ensure our communities have a modern highway network that promotes safer transportation and facilitates the creation of new jobs and economic growth across our great state.”