Local leaders outline Kentucky’s infrastructure needs as top legislative priority for 2021

By Hayley Robb, Building Kentucky In a recent webinar and transportation update hosted by Kentuckians for Better Transportation (KBT), eight local transportation leaders discussed the need for additional funding to spur economic growth and preserve Kentuckians’ quality of life. “It can be a downtown streetscape project, replacing an outdated rural bridge, or even just seeing a […]

COVID-19’s continued impacts on Kentucky freight, logistics and infrastructure businesses

By Rachel Nix, Building Kentucky Businesses in Kentucky’s freight, logistics and manufacturing industries are sharing how they’ve adapted to a year of uncertainty and change. From logistical challenges to funding gaps, the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic will likely be felt for many years to come. Infrastructure In an interview with Pit & Quarry magazine, Nick […]

Chamber: Make modern infrastructure a priority for 2021 legislative session

Investing in infrastructure ranked high on the list of priorities for Kentucky’s business community for the upcoming session of the Kentucky General Assembly. The Kentucky Chamber of Commerce released its 2021 Legislative Agenda detailing key areas of focus for legislators including workforce development, job creation, modern infrastructure and effective government systems. The Chamber urged lawmakers to create […]

Lawmakers receive update on Kentucky transportation funding needs

Now is the time for increased investment in all modes of transportation, according to Kentuckians for Better Transportation (KBT). Chairman Grant Gabbard, former chair Mark Day and KBT leaders testified before Kentucky legislators recently to demonstrate how funding for multi-modal transportation projects can accelerate recovery in times of economic downturn. In recent sessions with state senators […]

Mountain Parkway Expansion lands $55 million grant to fund Wolfe Co. segment

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) was recently awarded $55,150,000 from the US Department of Transportation to fund the Mountain Parkway Expansion through Wolfe County — a huge win for Kentucky. The federal grant, funded through the Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) program, will help KYTC widen 11 miles of Mountain Parkway to create a safer and more […]

Transportation experts outline critical needs of Kentucky infrastructure

During a recent mid-year update by Kentuckians for Better Transportation (KBT), industry leaders talked about the current state of transportation, the effects of COVID-19 on funding and the path forward. “Transportation has always been a force for economic progress,” said Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Secretary Jim Gray, who gave practical insight into triumphs and shortfalls of the […]

Rebuilding our economy – and our infrastructure

It’s perhaps difficult to see any good coming from the double whammy of a global pandemic and economic recession. But from crisis comes opportunity. America needs to invest in infrastructure of all kinds – highways, transit, airports, water and sewer, broadband, energy and more. That was true before COVID-19 began killing people and economies. It’s […]

Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport breaks cargo records

UPS Worldport

The Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport saw its biggest year ever for worldwide cargo in 2019. The Louisville-area airport was ranked No. 4 worldwide and No. 2 in North America for busiest cargo airports last year. Home to UPS Worldport, Louisville also serves as the base to UPS Airlines, the fourth largest cargo airline in the world. […]

Public involvement starts May 20 for I-65/I-264 Interchange Planning Study

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) needs public input for a planning study of the I-65/I-264 interchange in Jefferson County. The public can watch a short project overview video and fill out an interactive questionnaire to help identify problem areas of the interchange. Responses will be accepted May 20 through June 20. SUBMIT QUESTIONNAIRE The I-65/I-264 interchange had […]

Bill filed based on KYTC highway plan

Highway plan includes Mountain Parkway

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s $6.1 billion six-year highway plan is the basis for a budget bill filed by two Kentucky lawmakers. Reps. Steven Rudy, R-Paducah and Sal Santoro, R-Florence have filed HB 354 with the 2020-2022 biennial highway construction plan, which includes a mix of state and federal dollars to fund recommended projects. The bill […]

Petition for better roads encourages investment in Kentucky infrastructure

Petition for Better Roads - Kentucky Infrastructure Coalition

The Kentucky Infrastructure Coalition (KIC) has launched an online petition to increase infrastructure funding in Kentucky. The Petition for Better Roads calls on legislators to invest in transportation projects to improve safety, attract business and expand the economy. According to KIC, nearly one in 10 roads in the state has been rated as not acceptable. Kentucky roads and highways […]

Kentucky groups call on legislators to increase transportation funding

Three Kentucky groups are urging lawmakers to increase infrastructure funding for transportation during the 2020 session. Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, Kentucky League of Cities and Kentucky Association of Counties released a statement calling on transportation investment legislation including improvements to roads and bridges. The call follows the failure of a proposal to increase investment in […]