In Powell County today, Gov. Andy Beshear presented a ceremonial check for $1,205,000 from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, representing the administration’s commitment to a pair of highway safety projects that will reduce traffic congestion and alleviate backups in the vicinity of Powell County schools.
Gov. Beshear also presented another ceremonial check for $524,700, representing discretionary funding for resurfacing sections of seven county roadways.
“As Governor, but also as a parent, the safety of our schoolchildren is always on my mind,” Gov. Beshear said. “This ceremonial check represents more than the cost of engineering and materials. It represents a high priority of all of us on Team Kentucky – making streets and roads safer around and near our schools.”
The majority of the school safety funding – $1,155,000 – is to pay for design and construction of a turning lane and related work on Kentucky Highway 2073 – known locally as Hall’s Lane – which connects with the main entrance to Powell County High School and Powell County Middle School.
The remaining $50,000 will pay for badly needed pavement striping and curb work at an intersection near Stanton Elementary School that has been prone to congestion with crashes as a predictable consequence.