Governor Beshear announces $23 million for School Highway Safety Projects

Gov. Andy Beshear gives an update on COVID-19.
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Published: Apr. 21, 2021 at 4:11 PM EDT
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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WYMT) - Thursday, Governor Andy Beshear announced plans to invest $23 million to improve highway safety near public schools to help protect students, educators and families.

Beshear assigned the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet with prioritizing and targeting safety projects near school sites using state funding allocated in the 2020 Highway plan.

“These projects merge two key areas I’ve been committed to investing in since day one as Governor: education and infrastructure,” said Gov. Beshear. “Once completed, these projects will ensure safe access to and around our schools, as well as improve quality of life for the thousands of Kentucky families that drop off and pick up children every day.”

The money will be used to design and construct projects, create turn lanes, crosswalks, pavement markings and new entrances. Several counties across the state will experience upgrades to existing school flashing lights, pedestrian crosswalk beacons and roadside signs encouraging distraction-free driving.

In Southeastern Kentucky, a turning lane will be added by the west entrance of Colony Elementary in London. The turning lane will reduce morning and afternoon traffic, creating safer trips for commuters in the area.

“We greatly appreciate the Beshear Administration’s and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s work to make this project possible to enhance traffic safety at Colony Elementary School,” said Laurel County Schools Superintendent Doug Bennett.

Nearly 70 safety improvement projects in 44 counties across the state are included in the award: to see the full list, click here.

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