Elliott announces $3.9 million for Boyle County road and infrastructure projects

Published 7:00 am Thursday, April 28, 2022

Boyle County will receive $3,915,000 in funding for road and infrastructure projects. The announcement follows the final day of a legislative session that resulted in a fiscally responsible state spending plan that makes significant investments upgrading and replacing the state’s outdated infrastructure, including transportation, water and waste water, and broadband.

“I am very pleased to announce this funding for our roads and infrastructure in Boyle County,” said Representative Daniel Elliott. “By improving our roads and bridges, we are keeping our communities connected and ensuring the safety of all of our residents.”

The funding is part of HB 242, which provides more than $2.9 billion for the maintenance and construction of state roads over the next two years. The measure also includes $370 million for the rehabilitation and construction of bridges and sets aside $250 million to match federal dollars for mega projects in Northern, Eastern, and Western Kentucky.

The Boyle County allocation is earmarked for the following projects:

– $15,000 to install a guardrail on KY-37

– $250,000 to reconstruct KY-52 from KY-1805 (Goggin Ln) to KY-590

– $1,600,000 to improve safety by demolishing and rebuilding the Buster Pike Bridge in the same location

– $2,050,000 to improve the safety and mobility of KY-34 from Alum Springs Crosspike (MP 10.391) to approximately 1,000 ft. west of Corporate Dr (MP 10.800)

The road plan additionally includes a $750,000 allocation for a planning study on KY-52 between Danville and Lancaster to assist with road reconstruction.

“These are major investments in the safety and mobility of our rural communities,” Elliott added. “The condition of Buster Pike Bridge is no longer up to standard, and these funds will allow for a new structure that will meet the needs of the community and allow for safe travel for decades to come.”

In addition to HB 242, lawmakers also crafted a two year budget for Kentucky’s Transportation Cabinet. That bill, HB 241, includes funding for programs like an additional $4 million to increase access to driver’s license and permit testing and $11.4 million to be divided equally among the state’s 54 general aviation airports.

“This road plan and cabinet budget provide a very organized, methodical approach that both meets today’s needs and lays the groundwork for tomorrow. We only have one chance to spend each dollar and we owe it to the taxpayers of Kentucky to get it right,” House Speaker David Osborne added. “I commend House Transportation Budget Chair Sal Santoro and Representative Elliott for their commitment to prioritizing critical projects and identifying how we can make the most of the resources available to us.”

Lawmakers adjourned the 2022 Regular Session before midnight April 14. For further information about this legislation or any other actions taken by the Kentucky General Assembly, visit legislature.ky.gov.