LEXINGTON, Ky. (10/30/13) – Gov. Steve Beshear praised the work of government officials and highway administration on the widening and realignment of U.S. 25 in Fayette and Scott counties during its ribbon cutting Wednesday at the Cardome Center in Georgetown.
“Here in Kentucky, we take great pride in our highway system,” said Beshear. “We take that great pride because we recognize that good roads and strong connections between our communities are absolutely essential to our continued growth and economic development. Roads aren't just strips of concrete or asphalt. They're connections.”
The $16 million project involved a four-lane modification and partial realignment of a 2.6-mile section of roadway from a point south of Ironworks Pike in Fayette County to Etter Lane in Scott County. The contractors for the project were L-M Asphalt Partners, Ltd., along with Nally Gibson, LLC.
Beshear joined other key legislators in the project including Sen. Damon Thayer, Rep. Ryan Quarles, and Kentucky Transportation Cabinet's Chief District Engineer James Ballinger during the ceremony. Beshear commended the bipartisan efforts that led to the effective and efficient completion of the project.
“I can't say enough about the teamwork that exists here. There are parts of Kentucky that I go in to and work, where you don't have this kind of teamwork. There seems to be more rivalry than cooperation, and because of that, things don't happen as fast and as well as they should have. Here, you don't have that. You've got a great team of local officials,” said Beshear.
The project has been approximately 20 years in the making with the official groundbreaking taking place in August, 2012. Sen. Thayer said he has worked on the project since his first day in office, almost 11 years ago.
“Good things come to those who wait. This project has been in the works for a long time. But it's been worth waiting for,” said Thayer.
A second phase of the project that would widen a section of highway three miles south of Ironworks Pike to Spurr Road in Lexington is envisioned in the newly enacted six-year Kentucky Highway Plan.
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