The state is set to begin a major project to rebuild Interstate 35W in Kentuckians’ backyard.
The construction of the interstate, the state’s largest highway in terms of length, will take up to five years.
The project is the result of years of negotiations between the Kentucky Department of Transportation and the federal government.
That included the construction of a $1.2 billion bridge spanning I-35W from Kentucky’s border to Georgia.
“It’s going to be one of the largest highway projects in the state of Kentucky history,” said Gov.
“The Kentucky Department and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have come together to do what is right for Kentucky.”
The project will cost $3.5 billion, which is more than twice the amount of the state budget.
It is expected to create more than 400 construction jobs.
“The state is putting together a huge project that will bring thousands of new jobs and jobs that will help make our state better,” said Sen. David Stenberg, R-Buckhead.
“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for us to build a bridge and help build a better future for Kentuckian’s.”
A $1 billion bridge across Interstate 35 W in Kentucky, on Jan. 31, 2021.
The state plans to spend about $2.8 billion of its rainy day fund to cover the construction.
The remainder of the funds will be dedicated to infrastructure and education.