Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear has unveiled a 2024 Recommended Highway Plan featuring more than 1,300 projects throughout the state.
The Governor’s highway plan prioritizes road and bridge maintenance projects, as well as new construction in the biennium and following four years. The six-year plan has three focus areas:
- Taking care of existing roads and bridges
- Executing construction projects to upgrade our transportation system, including the Gov.'s three priority projects – a Brent Spence companion bridge in Northern Kentucky, the I-69 Ohio River Crossing in Western Kentucky and the Mountain Parkway Expansion Project in Eastern Kentucky
- Honoring past bridge and road commitments and advancing ongoing projects
“This plan blends data-informed recommendations and our values of taking care of our people by keeping roads and bridges safe for Kentucky families,” said Gov Beshear in a statement. “It also includes funding to move forward on long-awaited, transformative projects that support a strong economy, like four-laning the Mountain Parkway, constructing a Brent Spence companion bridge with no tolls and building a new I-69 bridge.”
The recommended highway plan is based on anticipated revenues of $8.65 billion through 2030 – $7.7 billion in federal-aid highway program funding and the required state match plus $950 million in anticipated state road fund revenues. During the 2024 General Assembly, funding for the first two years of the highway plan will be authorized.
The plan includes almost $600 million yearly in state and federal funding to address pavement and bridge repairs. Kentucky owns and maintains over 9,000 bridges and over 63,000 lane-miles of pavement. That’s the seventh-largest bridge system and eighth-largest pavement system in the nation.
Some featured projects include investments to:
- New access road in McCracken County to the Ohio River Megapark
- Four-lane U.S. Highway 27 from north of Lancaster to Kentucky Highway 34 in Garrard County
- Reconstruct Kentucky Highway 115 from the Industrial Park near Pembroke to Interstate Highway 24 in Christian County
- Replace the R.J. Corman railroad overpass on North Broadway in Fayette County
- Widen Interstate Highway 75 to six lanes at Corbin in Whitley and Laurel counties
To enhance highway safety, the plan includes $14.45 million in the biennium to install approximately 65 miles of guardrail across Kentucky. Nearly half of these roughly 200 projects are in Eastern Kentucky, a region known for steep slopes and curvy roads. For example, Harlan County has 10 projects totaling nearly 10 miles of guardrail.
Source: The Office of the Governor of Kentucky