$25M federal grant to help make deadly Pulaski County intersection safer

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SOMERSET, Ky. (WKYT) - A $25 million federal transportation grant will go toward making a Pulaski County intersection safer.

The money will go toward improvements to the Ky. 80 and Ky. 461 intersection. Sen. Majority Leader and U.S. Rep Hal Rogers announced the grant Thursday, which comes from the U.S. Department of Transportation's BUILD grant program.

The intersection is considered vital to Lake Cumberland's economy, as it is a road heavily traveled by visitors to the area. Transportations say the intersection is in "desperate" need for safety improvements, and it is the site of bad wrecks, including one which killed a 69-year-old woman in 2015. People who live and work near the intersection have called for safety improvements to help prevent crashes.

The safety and transportation improvements resulting from this road project will have a regional impact, saving lives at a dangerous intersection that is heavily traveled, providing better access to a high-tech regional industrial park, and paving the way for future development of the northern bypass,” Rogers said.

The project includes a grade-separated intersection and will expand Ky. 461 to four lanes.

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