By Leslie Cupp,
Office of Congressman Hal Rogers
funding will allow UK to conduct valuable transportation
research that could ultimately benefit the state as
well as the entire nation. Overall, this legislation
provides funding for transportation-related projects
that are vital Kentucky. We are working hard to strengthen
our economy, boost tourism and create new jobs. This
funding will go a long way in helping us achieve our
10, 2002 (Washington, D.C.) The House Appropriations
Committee has approved the FY 2003 House Transportation
Appropriations bill, authored by U.S. Representative
Harold "Hal" Rogers (KY-5), that includes
significant funding for transportation projects across
Kentucky, including targeted support for tourism-related
priorities. Congressman Rogers is the chairman of
the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation,
which has spending authority over U.S. Department
of Transportation programs.
The measure contains $526 million for Kentucky transportation
projects. This amount includes more than $96 million
for targeted transportation projects throughout Kentucky
-- of which $47.53 million will fund specific projects
in the 5th Congressional District, which Rogers represents.
This funding also contains $429.6 million in federal
highway and transit formula grant money in the coming
fiscal year. An additional $100 million is provided
in the bill for Appalachian regional highway corridors.
Congressman Rogers also provided $3.64 million in
funding for the following University of Kentucky projects:
-- $2 million for the UK Academy for Community Transportation
Innovation -- funding will be used to educate transportation
professionals and study transportation development,
planning and design of suburban and rural areas.
-- $1.64 million for commercial vehicle monitoring
by UK and Veridian along I-75.
"The Kentucky Transportation Center at the University
of Kentucky has a long history of working to improve
the safety and efficiency of trucking operations throughout
North America," said UK President Lee T. Todd,
Jr. "We are proud to be partners with the CUBRC/Veridian
team, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, the Federal
Motor Carrier Safety Administration, and Lexington
Cartage Company in this vitally important project.
We believe the onboard systems being developed and
deployed through this project can have a significant
impact on safety and operational efficiency for the
motor carrier industry."
"This funding will allow UK to conduct valuable
transportation research that could ultimately benefit
the state as well as the entire nation," said
Rogers. "Overall, this legislation provides funding
for transportation-related projects that are vital
Kentucky. We are working hard to strengthen our economy,
boost tourism and create new jobs. This funding will
go a long way in helping us achieve our goals."
The bill advanced by Rogers today includes $4.5 million
for Interstate 66 efforts -- including $2.5 million
to begin designing the northern bypass connector to
I-66 in Somerset and $2 million for ongoing efforts
in Pike County. The bill also contains: $1 million
for Kentucky to establish a Statewide Transportation
Operations Center to serve as a clearinghouse for
public travel information, $11 million for rural bus
facility needs in southern and eastern Kentucky, and
$1 million for continued work on a project to straighten
a dangerous section of the Daniel Boone Parkway in
Leslie County between mileposts 37 and 44. Rogers
also included $1.425 million for improvements to our
new National Scenic Byways, including the Country
Music Highway, the Wilderness Road Heritage Highway
and the Cumberland Cultural Heritage Highway.