It’s Kentucky – You Never Know What Can Happen

Juva BarberBlog

It’s spring in Kentucky. That means snow, sun, basketball (go Hilltoppers and UL Women!) and the final days of the Legislative session. Yesterday was the 55th day of the legislative session. That means there are only 5 days left for the final passage of bills. 5 days doesn’t seem like very much time – especially if the issue you support has not been heard in committee. But it is Kentucky, and sometimes things aren’t what they seem – just remember it snowed on the first day of spring earlier this week. There is still enough time for our issue (HB 609) to pass in these final 5 days. HB 609 simply ensures we have enough revenue to maintain the infrastructure … Read More

Kentucky Infrastructure – We Can’t Afford to Wait!

Juva BarberBlog

Tuesday, while waiting to talk with a Senator about HB 609, I had a conversation with his staff about KBT. I told her about who we are and what we are advocating for – and she responded like most people do. “We really need to do something – our roads are in terrible shape.” She then proceeded to tell me about her trip to Goodyear a few weeks ago to get her tires aligned. She had hit an unavoidable pothole in Frankfort, causing $120 worth of damage to her car. And because the unavoidable pothole is on her regular route to work she is worried that she will have to visit Goodyear again soon for another realignment. She isn’t the … Read More

KBT Transportation News!

Juva BarberBlog

Courage is a funny thing. It’s something we all want to have – and quite frankly – we don’t know if we actually have it until we’re faced with a difficult situation. This week, I witnessed courage. Representative Sal Santoro (R-60) and Representative John Sims, Jr. (D-70) filed House Bill 609. These two gentlemen were joined by 11 other courageous people, Rep. Matt Castlen (R-14); Rep. Richard Heath (R-2); Rep. Donna Mayfield (R-73); Rep. Chad McCoy (R-50); Rep. Kimberly Poore Moser (R-64); Rep. Rob Rothenburger (R-58); Rep. Bart Rowland (R-21); Rep. Diane St. Onge (R-63); Rep. Ken Upchurch (R-52); Rep. Scott Wells (R-97); and Rep. Susan Westrom (D-79) all of whom realize that something must be done to ensure revenues … Read More

Reach Out To Your Legislator

Juva BarberBlog

We’ve passed the halfway mark. The Kentucky General Assembly has now been in session for 36 days – leaving less than half the session to address lots of issues – including creating a long term, sustainable funding solution for Kentucky’s transportation infrastructure. It’s time for you – our members – to contact your Legislator and let them know that infrastructure matters to you and your community. It matters because the transportation industry employs more than 40,000 people in the state of Kentucky. Without long term, sustainable funding those jobs are at stake. It matters because the transportation infrastructure is key to economic development – no matter where you are in Kentucky. It matters because transportation connects people to jobs, education, … Read More

Think Big.

Juva BarberBlog

There was a lot of talk about infrastructure this week. Everyone it seems has a comment on the President’s proposed $1.5 Trillion Infrastructure plan. Links to supporting documents may be found below. While some of the comments of the plan are critical, I have to commend the President on thinking big. After all, it’s not every day that we hear numbers as large as $1.5 Trillion. I also have to commend him for his statements recognizing that our country has allowed our infrastructure to deteriorate, causing our country to fall farther behind. I’m not a world traveler. The last time I’ve been to another country was before I had children. But I do follow international infrastructure development. Earlier this week, … Read More

County Judge Executives on the Front Line

Juva BarberBlog

This morning, as you read this, I’m honored to be speaking to one of the most important organizations in Kentucky – the Kentucky County Judge/Executive Association. Every February, the group gets together to learn about new challenges, network, and discuss current issues. Unfortunately, there are so many issues that impact our 120 counties. From pensions to opioids to paying for jails – our county governments deal with it all – and usually dealing with an issue also means paying for it in some way. When it comes to transportation issues, our County Judge Executives and their fiscal court members are on the front line. They get called first if there is a pothole. They get called first if there is … Read More

Where’s the Bill?

Juva BarberBlog

Sunday is the Super Bowl. Like lots of people I know, I won’t be watching to cheer on a team. I’ll be watching for the commercials. The commercials provide something to talk about the next day – and there’s always a review of the most popular, memorable commercials. The commercial that I remember most is the 1984 Wendy’s commercial. You know the one – she kept asking “Where’s the Beef?!” And, during this especially interesting Legislative session, that sounds similar to what lots of people are saying to me lately – only instead of “Where’s the Beef?” I’m hearing “Where’s the Bill?!” Everyone wants to know how we’re going to address our infrastructure funding needs? Is there a bill? And … Read More

Last Minute (Online) Shopping

Juva BarberBlog

Christmas is a little more than a week a way, and I’m not ready at all. I’m taking the day off today to try to find the toys included in the letters to Santa, and hoping that there will still be something available that my little ones want. Like so many people, I will also be doing much of my shopping online this year – looking for something – anything – that UPS can deliver to my house before December 24. And, thanks to all the work our members have done – not just those that build and design our roads and bridges or the rail companies, airport authorities, riverport directors and transit operators who provide the transportation services – … Read More

Like My Mama Always Says, “Time Waits For No Man and Very Few Women.”

Juva BarberBlog

My mama is full of little sayings. One of her favorites is “Time waits for no man and very few women.” This past year has certainly proven my mama’s cliché. Time has flown by this year. I still can’t believe I’m attending Christmas parties for 2017 and planning the 2018 Kentucky Transportation Conference – it just doesn’t seem possible that it should be time yet. But the fact remains it is! And, the one reality we all face is that time will pass whether we like it or not. That’s true for us personally – and it ‘s true when it comes to our issues. The longer we wait to address our transportation issues in this state, the more it … Read More

Transportation Transformed Southeast Kentucky; New Projects Could Do the Same

David CaldwellBlog

Transportation can be transformative. Take the Cumberland Gap Tunnel. More than 20 years ago, the tunnels, each carrying two-lanes of traffic, were bored through 4,100-feet of solid rock. This transportation route transformed a steep, mountainous path with 12 percent grades down to 6 percent grades. As a result, there is greater access among the tristate area of Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia, which serves as a catalyst for economic development for the region. What used to be a dangerous trip is now a short commute, and the route is so well-used that it boasts one of the few non-interstate Cracker Barrels in the country. Superloads with multiple axles choose to use the tunnel instead of going across Jellico Mountain on I-75. … Read More