With a focus on safety and improving Kentucky’s roads and bridges to help advance economic development in the state, Rep. Sal Santoro says the legislature is working to do more than ever for infrastructure funding but changes must be made for the future to keep Kentucky competitive.
The state House passed bills dealing with the state’s next two-year road plan Wednesday, sending them to the Senate.
Santoro said the House version of the road fund plan is based on three main priorities: the safety of Kentucky’s citizens, pavement management, and economic development. He stated the maintenance of the state’s bridges is a key component of the plan as 111 of the state’s bridges throughout 103 of Kentucky’s 120 counties are deemed structurally deficient, an issue he wanted to see addressed in the next two-year road fund.
The plan, Santoro said, includes more funding for pavement management than has been seen in past budgets with $365 million for the maintaining of Kentucky’s roads and correction of issues like potholes across the state.
In terms of economic development, Santoro noted the importance of good infrastructure to business in the state and those looking to locate in Kentucky as they need quality roads and bridges to transport their products.
“We are going to make sure that when these companies think about coming to Kentucky, they know that their legislature will be ready for them,” Santoro said.