FRANKFORT—A two-year state Road Plan that would authorize over $2.4 billion for bridges, repaving and other highway needs throughout Kentucky over the next two fiscal years is on its way to the governor’s desk after receiving passage in the Kentucky House.
House Budget Review Subcommittee on Transportation Chair Rep. Sal Santoro, R-Florence, said before a House vote on House Bill 202 last month that the measure would invest nearly $1 billion in bridge and road work while bolstering economic development.
“This legislator knows our rural roads and our people in our rural communities need help, and we’re going to take care of them,” Santoro said.
Senate Appropriations and Revenue Committee Chair Christian McDaniel, R-Taylor Mill, praised the legislation when it was amended and unanimously passed in the Senate on March 22.
“This is a road plan that is balanced,” McDaniel said. “We have seen a lot that are not in the past. It takes an exceptional amount of discipline to put forward a plan like that. And frankly, in many ways, an exceptional amount of courage.”
Also on its way to the governor is House Joint Resolution 74, which contains projects in the last four years, or “out years,” of the state’s six-year Road Plan. Projects in the out years of the plan are prioritized but not yet funded. HJR 74 was amended and passed unanimously by the Senate last month.
HB 202 and HJR 74 received final passage in the House today by votes of 76-14 and 75-15 respectively.