Bell Co. officials believe industrial park improvements will bring new jobs

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

BELL COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - The Bell County Fiscal Court believes infrastructure improvements to the industrial park will bring new businesses and jobs.

Tuesday they approved payment for the final phase at the Asher Industrial Park. The goal is to create jobs.

The final phase of work is being done at the Asher Industrial Park in Bell County. It sits beyond what used to be nicknamed the "Bridge to Nowhere" but now the bridge leads to the industrial park.

"A lot of people don't understand why we pave a road where there isn't anyone and if we don't invest in our future now, it will be too late when the economy does come out of recession and when economic development does begin, our park will be ready because of the work we're doing now," said Albey Brock, Bell County Judge-Executive.

Tuesday morning, the fiscal court approved the payment of $202,556.77 from the state transportation cabinet for the last phase of work.

They have already completed a multi-million dollar three and a half mile road to the site.

"We've worked on our infrastructure tirelessly so it will be attractive to any future industry that may want to move here," said Brock.

Bell County officials also believe this work will bring new jobs to the region.

"If we can get any industry here, that will be a benefit for the region. The pavement we've placed today is hopefully paving the way for jobs in the future," said Brock.

Bell County officials say all of the money used for the blacktopping project came from the state, not the county.

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