3 KY Road Projects Get Millions In Federal Funding

Posted at 3:41 PM, Dec 11, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-11 15:41:50-05

WASHINGTON (LEX 18) — Three Kentucky road projects are set to receive federal funding as part of a federal grant program aimed at revitalizing infrastructure.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao announced Tuesday the recipients of $1.5 billion in BUILD grants. The money through BUILD, or Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development, will go 91 projects in 49 states plus Washington, D.C.

“BUILD transportation grants are major investments in road, rail, transit, and port projects that serve as a down payment on this administration’s commitment to America’s infrastructure,” Chao said in a statement.

The Kentucky projects are:

  • U.S. Highway 641 widening – $23,000,000. The project will widen an approximately 5.7-mile section of U.S. 641 South from a two-lane divided highway to a four-lane divided highway between the Kentucky/Tennessee state line at Hazel north to the Middle Fork of the Clarks River.
  • Kentucky Highway 331/Industrial Drive and Rinaldo Road widening and reconstruction – $11,520,000. The project will widen and improve approximately 2.6 miles of Kentucky 331/Industrial Drive and Rinaldo Road from 2nd Street into the Owensboro Riverport Intermodal Terminal, and will reconstruct the CSX at-grade railroad crossing.
  • Pulaski County interchange improvement to Kentucky Highway 461 – $25,000,000. This project will replace the Kentucky 80/461 intersection with a grade-separated half-cloverleaf interchange, and the at-grade intersection of Valley Oak Drive – Coin Road with a grade separated tight diamond interchange. The project will also widen approximately 3 miles of Kentucky 461 from two lanes to four lanes.