Road improvements completed near New Haven

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By Jimmy Higdon

As we mark the reopening of Highway 247, I would like to express my appreciation to Governor Steve Beshear and the Transportation Cabinet officials in Elizabethtown for making the repair of the highway, as well as the Bull Run Creek safety project, high priorities for emergency funding.
Earlier this year, when part of Highway 247 between Howardstown and New Haven slid into the river, Nelson County residents were left with a grave safety and transportation problem that affected more than 300 motorists each day – a lot of folks for our community. In addition to this situation, the flood-prone Nat Rogers Road at Bull Run Creek that had endangered folks through the years had tragically caused a recent death due to high waters on the road. These were clear emergency situations that needed to be remedied.
Securing the funding for these two projects became a true team effort, as Rep. David Floyd, Nelson County Judge/Executive Dean Watts, Nelson County magistrates and I worked the last several months to get the support our county needed from Governor Beshear and Transportation Cabinet officials. While the expense of the road repairs exceeded our initial request, everyone involved recognized the safety and welfare of our citizens was of utmost importance. To complete both projects, the Governor awarded $950,000 in discretionary funds for the Bull Run Creek safety project and $1.2 million in discretionary funds for the Highway 247 project.  
If you would like to join me in thanking Governor Beshear, please write to him at 700 Capitol Avenue, Suite 100, Frankfort, Kentucky, 40601, or via e-mail by going to http://governor.ky.gov/Pages/contact.aspx
If you have any questions or concerns on this issue or any others, please feel free to call me at 1-800-372-7181 or my home at 270-692-6945.  I will keep you updated on what’s happening in Frankfort.  In addition, you can go to www.lrc.ky.gov to get the latest interim committee meeting information and more.