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Kentucky Governor Announces $23M Committed for School Highway Safety Projects

FRANKFORT, KY — Gov. Andy Beshear announces plans to invest $23 million to improve highway safety near public schools, protecting students, educators, and families. Beshear charged the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet with prioritizing and targeting safety projects near school sites using state funding allocated in the 2020 Highway Plan. Nearly 70 safety improvement projects in 44 counties across the state are included in the award.

“Once completed, these projects will ensure safe access to and around our schools, as well as improve quality of life for the thousands of Kentucky families that drop off and pick up children every day,” Beshear said.

Over the next two years, funding will be used to design and/or construct projects, ranging from new turn lanes and crosswalks to pavement markings and new entrances. Counties across the state will benefit from upgrades to existing school flashing lights, pedestrian crosswalk beacons, and roadside signs encouraging distraction-free driving. The new projects are also expected to create contracting and design jobs.

In Western Kentucky, funding will be allocated this year to begin designs for new turn lanes at Pride Elementary in Hopkins County. In Central Kentucky, Bardstown City Schools in Nelson County will construct new sidewalks along Templin Avenue. In Southeastern Kentucky, a dedicated turn lane on the west entrance of Colony Elementary in London will be constructed. One of the safety projects addresses a railroad underpass height restriction near the University of Louisville’s campus.

This investment comes on the heels of Gov. Beshear’s announcement of $5 million in discretionary funds to repair and build roads in 32 counties and cities statewide.

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