The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has reached a major milestone, completing its 100th bridge restoration project through the transformational Bridging Kentucky Program.
Kentucky’s largest transportation initiative since the Ohio River Bridges Project has hired its design build team.
Kentucky freight shipments are currently among the nation’s highest and are expected to increase by nearly two-thirds in the coming years. However, without adequate infrastructure funding for needed transportation improvements, Kentucky’s continued economic growth could be at risk.
The fast-tracked progress is the result of significant land and funding contributions from local public and private partners to build the new, nearly 1.5-mile alignment that stretches from KY 54 to KY 259, meeting at the end of the existing KY 3155 byway.
Governor Matt Bevin joined local elected officials in Magoffin County to announce the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) will begin construction in August on the newest segment of the Mountain Parkway Expansion, continuing a major corridor expansion to benefit Eastern Kentucky.
The commonwealth is home to nearly 14,000 bridges and 80,000 miles of roadway, and they are in terrible shape, says Reps Miller and Santoro.
KYTC announced plans this week for a major design-build project that will advance construction of more than 100 bridges in eastern and southeastern Kentucky. The project is part of the state’s Bridging Kentucky Program, a statewide initiative that represents an unprecedented commitment by Gov. Matt Bevin and the Kentucky General Assembly to improve the safety and soundness of bridges throughout the Commonwealth, restoring more than 1,000 bridges in six years.
The Sherman Minton Renewal is a $90+ million rehabilitation project that will significantly extend the service life of the 56-year-old bridge. The double-decked bridge carries six lanes of traffic over the Ohio River connecting Louisville, KY and New Albany, IN.
Officials in Graves County outlined several economic development projects in the works. These projects include new manufacturing space, road updates and more.
With National Infrastructure Week around the corner, many American businesses, workers, elected leaders and everyday citizens are uniting under one message, “Let’s Build for Tomorrow – Staring Now.”