FRANKFORT, Ky. – A well-traveled highway in Jackson County and several other county roads will be made safer by more than $31 million in transportation infrastructure improvements announced today by Governor Ernie Fletcher.
The Governor, joined by state and local officials in McKee, presented a ceremonial check for $27 million in state construction funds for the relocation of a seven-mile section of KY 30 from the Rockcastle River to a point just west of Welchburg Road near Annville.
“One of the priorities of my administration is building safe and reliable roads that lead to new jobs and opportunities for all Kentuckians,” said Governor Fletcher. “I am pleased to announce funding for the KY 30 relocation project. This is a key investment that will help provide safer transportation for the residents of Jackson County and will have the potential to spark new economic opportunities for this community.”
The Governor also presented a ceremonial check totaling $2,744,500 that will fund right of way and utility acquisition for another section of KY 30, from Welchburg Road to U.S. 421 near Tyner. The right of way and utility phases are key components of a roadway reconstruction project and are a prelude to the construction phase.
“This is a great day for the people of Jackson County,” said Sen. Tom Jensen (R-London). “I want to thank Governor Fletcher for his dedicated efforts to bring vital funding for projects that will improve the quality of life and economic prosperity of our communities.”
The Governor also presented these ceremonial checks to citizens of Jackson County:
· $1 million for the design for reconstruction of designated areas on U.S. 421
· $800,000 to resurface a section of US 421 and a section of KY 290 that will be let this summer
· $660,000 in federal bridge replacement funds
· $200,000 for the resurfacing of various county roads
· $60,000 for guardrail installation on KY 290 near Annville and U.S. 421 near Egypt
“Governor Fletcher has proven to be a strong leader in the effort to provide local communities with critical support for important community projects,” said Rep. Marie Rader (R-McKee). “The funding being delivered by the Governor today reflects an unprecedented commitment to Jackson County and is exemplary of the mighty progress we can make when we all work together to accomplish common goals.”
Transportation Cabinet Secretary Bill Nighbert echoed those sentiments: “The Governor’s strong support for highway improvement projects will benefit the citizens of Jackson County, and the entire commonwealth, for generations to come.”