Transportation Committee Meeting

Members of the General Assembly's Transportation Committee were in the area today to discuss upcoming road projects in the area.

The meeting concentrated on the Barren River Area Development District. Counties in that district are Allen, Barren, Butler, Edmonson, Hart, Logan, Metcalfe, Monroe, Simpson, and Warren.

The committee held its meeting in Warren County to tell the community what they can expect to see over the next year.

Over the next 12 months there's 200 million dollars worth of construction contracts scheduled for counties in the area.

"They're receiving more highway construction funding than they've ever received. There's more projects in the six year highway plan for this region than has ever existed in the six-year highway plan", said Marc Williams, the Commissioner of Kentucky's Department of Highways.

In Warren County there are several road projects planned, one of which is the construction on Three Springs Road.

"Three Springs area out past the Natcher Parkway is one of the fastest growing areas, not only in the county, but in the state as far as people moving out to that area", said Rep. Jim DeCesare, a Transportation Committee member.

Those on the Transportation Committee say with the growth of the area, the narrow roads need to keep up with the traffic.

"When you have two lane country roads and you've got thousands of cars going back and forth all day long, eventually you're going to have an accident", said Rep. DeCesare.

There's also plans to continue work on 31-W and begin construction on Lovers Lane.

"That is scheduled for a little bit later on this calendar year. If everything goes right with the utility relocation we've been working to get those utilities relocated, put underground in some areas, moved out of the way", said Commissioner Williams.

Those with the state are hoping that wider, newer roads will lead to safer roads.

The KY Department of Highways says since Tuesday, October 3, 2006, there are 70 fewer fatalities on Kentucky roads then this time last year.

"We've begun to see really for the first time in a decade a reduction in our fatalities", said Commissioner Williams.