“If we focus on making Kentucky highways safer, we can prevent some addiction.” That is the statement made by Dave Cooper in a July 3 editorial posted by the Lexington Herald-Leader. While I’m not sure Mr. Cooper’s statement is accurate, I do know Kentucky has significant challenges to overcome to make our roads and bridges as safe as they can be. With nearly 80,000 miles of roadway and nearly 14,000 bridges to maintain in the Commonwealth, our state—along with the road and bridge design and construction industry—has worked diligently to provide a safe transportation network that connects Kentucky communities to one another and Kentucky’s manufacturers, farmers and miners to rest of the world. But, our state is in the midst … Read More
On Monday, President Donald Trump unveiled his infrastructure plan. The overarching goals of the plan are to stimulate at least $1.5 trillion in new investment, shorten project permitting time to two years, invest in rural projects and improve worker training. Of that $1.5 trillion, only a fraction — $200 billion – will come from the federal government. Here are some of the takeaways from the plan: $200 billion – will be federal government funding. Those funds are intended to induce the states, local communities and private sector to raise the remaining $1.3 trillion. $100 billion will be allocated for competitive grants. Preference will be given for applications that include raising revenue through taxes, fees or tolls. The federal government would … Read More
Check out Kentucky Infrastructure Coalition Chair Juva Barber’s radio interview on the economic impact of infrastructure investment.