Senate passes ambitious road construction plan

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - The Senate has approved an ambitious road
construction plan that will now move to the House for final
passage.

Lawmakers moved quickly on the final day of this year's
legislative session to pass the plan that includes $3.5 billion
worth of construction projects over the next two years.

The Senate voted 37-0 for the measure Thursday afternoon.

Senate Transportation Committee Chairman Ernie Harris,
R-Crestwood, said the proposal includes $200 million to widen the
heavily traveled Interstate 65 where numerous fatal traffic crashes
have occurred in recent years.

A crash on a rural stretch of the highway near Munfordville in
2010 killed 11 people, 10 of them members of a Mennonite family.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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