Tuesday, March 22, 2016

$4.5 billion road plan has money for Mountain Pkwy, I-75

(AP) — House Democrats have proposed a two-year, $4.5 billion spending plan on roads and bridges.

The proposal includes 1,239 total projects, although not all of the projects will be built. About $1 billion will come from state gas tax dollars. The rest will be from federal funds and other sources.

Major projects include $159 million to continue expanding the Mountain Parkway through Wolfe, Martin, Magoffin and Floyd counties. It also includes money to build an interchange on Interstate 65 in Bullitt County, design work for a bridge spanning the Ohio River on I-69 in Henderson County and $128 million to widen I-75 in Rockcastle County.

Republicans opposed the bill, arguing they did not have enough time to review it and accusing Democrats of not paying for projects in their districts.