Kentucky's Traffic Receives Recognition

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Kentucky motorists can drive easier knowing that they are part of one of the most efficient highway systems in the nation.

The Commonwealth has moved from 15Th to 7Th on the Reason Foundation's list of Most Efficient Highways in the nation by making better roads for drivers while burning less money.

"We changed the way we did change orders and that saved us 74 million dollars a year. We also, by reducing the number of personnel in Frankfort, saved another 70 million dollars a year. All that comes back into road money" says Kentucky Governor Ernie Fletcher.

Kentucky is the eighth-largest state highway system in the country at over 27,000 miles.

However, its budget is only the 16Th largest.

Commissioner of Kentucky's Department of Highways, Mark Williams says traffic officials have worked hard to alleviate some of the commonwealth biggest traffic issues.

"Kentucky's done very poorly in terms of highway safety over the last decade or so. Its really taken two efforts to try and change that trend."

"We additionally passed 3 pieces of legislation. We passed "quick clearance", graduated license and primary seatbelt law. We have had 80 less fatalities than we had last year," adds Gov. Fletcher.

Williams says those in Frankfort are not content with being number 7 and are working hard to become number one for the safety of all Kentuckians.

Kentucky also received another top ten finish in this year's Site Selection magazine.

The magazine ranked the commonwealth as having the seventh best business climate in the country.

This is a two spot jump from last year's ninth place showing.