FRANKFORT, Ky. — More than $1 billion in construction project contracts have been awarded by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) since January 2020.
At the same time, KYTC has allocated more than $125 million in discretionary, emergency aid and rural-secondary funding that will help build, repair and maintain local streets, sidewalks and rural roads in communities across the commonwealth.
“Our transportation system, with thousands of bridges and thousands of miles of roadway, connects our communities, carries the lifeblood of our commerce and supports thousands of jobs,” Gov. Andy Beshear said. “Even in the face of a pandemic, we simply could not allow a lapse in the construction, maintenance and continuous improvement of this critically vital system. Now our economy is bouncing back, and transportation is a big part of that.”
Last week in Floyd County, Beshear announced the project that put KYTC over the $1 billion mark in awards since January 2020 – a $34.1 million contract to Bizzack Construction Co., of Lexington, for construction of the last section of the long-awaited Kentucky Highway 680 connector highway.
The new highway provides a time-saving link between two of the most heavily traveled routes in Eastern Kentucky – Kentucky Highway 80 at Minnie and U.S. Highway 23 at Harold. KYTC engineers estimate it will cut driving time between Pikeville and Hazard by 45 minutes. It also opens a section of Floyd County to potential development.
“The pandemic, especially in its early months, had a devastating effect on the Kentucky Road Fund, from which we pay for our highway program,” KYTC Secretary Jim Gray said. “But now our transportation program is gaining strength and momentum, as is our overall economy.”.