KENTUCKY ROAD FUND RESTART
State easing back into new highway projects after falling gas prices
sidetrack contracts for a year; jobs reprioritized
By Susan Gosselin, The Lane Report
Drops in gas prices are a cause for rejoicing in most business quarters, unless you’re in the business of building roads. Kentucky has been all but out of the highway construction business for a year, having hit the brakes to keep its Road Fund from falling completely to empty.
In July, Transportation Cabinet officials, legislators and Gov. Matt Bevin are ready to cautiously restart activity after having had to re-engineer the route to fiscally sustainable roadbuilding for a commonwealth whose large and growing logistics sector is reliant on strong transportation infrastructure. Read more here
Scott chronicles challenges of I-65 widening
Constructing 91 miles of roadway on a busy thoroughfare such as Interstate 65 can seem like a daunting task in many ways, but the one thing that stopped Scotty’s Contracting and Stone was a three-inch flying mammal.
“Ever hear of a long-eared bat?” asked James Scott, CEO of Scotty’s Contracting and Stone, at the Noon Rotary meeting Wednesday at the Bowling Green Country Club. Read more here.
Senate President and House Speaker say much work is to be done as special session on tax and pension reform nears later this summer/fall. Read more here.