GEORGETOWN, Ky. (FOX 56) – The 2022 legislative session has officially ended, and lawmakers were able to pass some key bills and approve a fiscal budget that includes raises for state workers and money for infrastructure improvements.
Scott County is the fastest-growing county in Kentucky and Georgetown is the fastest growing city, so both local and state lawmakers have been working to secure funding for needed improvements on heavily traveled roads in the county.
More than $30 million was secured between HB 242 and HB 470. The money includes $12 million to improve US460 from Russell Cave Road to I-75 and an additional $19 million to improve the condition of I-75 from mile marker 138 to 143. Senator Damon Thayer, who helped advocate for some of this funding in front of the General Assembly explained why the improvements are needed.
Thayer said,” We have a lot of demand on our infrastructure there and it’s important for us to continue to make improvements to deal with our increasing population. And with Toyota being located in Georgetown, as well as a lot of suppliers, we have a lot of people not only live in Scott County, but commute there from other counties so that adds to the traffic volume.”
The $400,000 will be used to resurface and widen Old Oxford Road. The city and county have already done some work to eliminate safety hazards on the road, but Thayer said this additional money will completely overhaul about 4 miles of the road.
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Thayer continued, “There are a number of new developments, and neighborhoods going in. We really needed some state money to come in to bring it up to the safety level necessary for the new capacity due to all those new homes.”
Senator Thayer said the money for Old Oxford Road will be used in the next two years. The other projects will now enter the design phase.