5:39am

Thu March 29, 2012
State Capitol

More Work Ahead on State Road Plan

The Kentucky state Senate has approved two and four year road plans that have major differences with the House versions.  The biggest difference is with the Louisville bridges project.  Combined, the plans will fund the Ohio River Bridges Project in Louisville with bonds for two years, then federal highway funds for the following four years.  That's a change from the House plan, which calls for highway funds to be used for all six years.

With only a few days until the legislature adjourns for a veto period, time is running out for both chambers to approve the same road plans.

“Well it’s gonna be a change, but I’m confident we’ll get it done in a timely manner so we can press on,” says Senator Ernie Harris, who chairs the Transportation Committee.

Transportation Secretary Mike Hancock expressed concerns about the two-year bond funding for the bridges project, but he says he’s happy the Senate returns to highway funds for the remaining four years.

“We recommended of course that we use interstate maintenance and highway funds straight up in the upcoming biennium and the Senate had recommended the use of Garvey bonds and either way the project is moves forward and we’re very pleased with that,” he says.

Lawmakers have roughly two days to agree on a road plan and pass it in both chambers if they want to preserve the power to override any potential vetoes.