HAZARD, Ky. (WTVQ / Press Release) – Governor Andy Beshear has awarded $ 735,500 in discretionary funding for transportation and $ 230,000 in funding for school safety in Perry County.
The Governor made the announcement as he joined lawmakers, local leaders and Molina Healthcare executives in celebrating the grand opening of Molina Healthcare’s new one-stop help center in Hazard, which will create 25 jobs in time full.
Governor Beshear presents $ 735,500 for road resurfacing in Perry County
Governor Beshear presented a ceremonial check for $ 735,500 from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) for the resurfacing of sections of 20 county roads, at the request of the Perry County Tax Court and Executive Judge Scott Alexander.
“This funding is essential for the continued growth of our local economy. We know the importance of infrastructure and good roads for our local citizens. We thank the Governor for his continued support of our growth and infrastructure, ”said Perry County Judge / Executive Scott Alexander.
The roads identified for surface improvements are Hull School Road (County Road 1063), Napier Farm Road (CR 1022), America Lane (CR 1912), Jordan Hill Drive (CR 1094), Penny Lane (CR 1491), Charles Lane (CR 1913), William Bend Road (CR 1096), Big Rock Lane (CR 1490), Maggard Hollow Road (CR 1162), Campbells Branch Road (CR 1128), Deer Fork Lane (CR 1125), Wagon Wheel Drive (CR 1099), Flat Gap Road (CR 1308), Wicks Branch Road (CR 1127), Noble Lane (CR 1060), Fields Fork Road (CR 1230), Docks Hollow Road (CR 1018), Bailey Branch Road (CR 1283), Alice Branch Road (CR 1888) and Laura Serilda Lane (CR 1890).
Together, the projects cover 9.7 miles, and nine of the 20 projects have been completed. Funding is administered by the Rural and Municipal Aid Department of KYTC. Earlier this year, Governor Beshear and the ministry approved and provided $ 87,300 to the town of Hazard for the resurfacing of portions of five streets.
“The mission of the Transport Cabinet is to provide an efficient and modern transport infrastructure to Kentuckians. This mission is not limited to highways and walks. It also extends to county roads and city streets that lead to your front door, school, workplace or place of worship, ”Governor Beshear said. “Local streets and roads are vitally important to the people who use them, and I’m happy that we can provide this funding.
To see all of the discretionary funding projects announced in July, click here. Until the end of September, the Beshear administration has provided more than $ 33 million in discretionary transportation funds.
Governor Beshear awards $ 230,000 for school safety in Perry County
In Perry County, Governor Beshear presented a ceremonial check for $ 230,000 from KYTC, representing the administration’s commitment to a pair of projects to increase safety around two elementary schools. Both projects aim to make it easier for drivers to see other marks of traffic and lane.
Most of the funding – $ 210,000 – is for the design of a project to excavate part of a hill that forms a horseshoe curve on Kentucky Highway 476 near Robinson Elementary School. . The curve, at the intersection of Kentucky Highways 476 and 3351, is less than 500 feet from the main entrance to the school. The excavation will give drivers a greater range of view for oncoming traffic as they enter and exit school property.
The remaining $ 20,000 is for updating the stripes and re-marking the thermoplastic lanes at the intersection of ARH Parkway and Hal Rogers Parkway, near West Perry Elementary School in Hazard. Most of the marks are old and hard to see. New markings will allow better visibility of buses and other vehicles, thus increasing road safety.
“As governor and as a father, I believe the safety of our schoolchildren is a top priority. Early in my administration, we recognized a need – and an opportunity – to make the streets and roads near our schools safer for students, educators and families in Kentucky, ”Governor Beshear said. “Now we are doing it. “
In April, Governor Beshear announced plans to invest nearly $ 23 million in road safety projects near schools to protect students, educators and families, in addition to improving conditions for motorists. . The governor tasked KYTC with targeting sites and setting project priorities, using state funding allocated in the Kentucky 2020 roadmap. Nearly 70 safety improvement projects have been identified. The full list can be viewed by clicking here.
One-stop help center in Hazard
“I believe health care is a basic human right, and I am delighted that the opening today of the new one-stop help center in Hazard will help give the people of Eastern Kentucky better access. the care they deserve, while creating 25 new full-time employees. jobs, ”Governor Beshear said. “Our economy is on fire and we are seeing exceptional growth across the Commonwealth of Nations. It is also another important step in ensuring the best health and well-being for our families in Kentucky. “
Molina chose Hazard’s location to expand its footprint in eastern Kentucky and provide even more options to serve its members. Through its locally managed health plans, Molina serves over 4.7 million members across the country, including over 300,000 Kentuckians.
“Molina Healthcare’s Passport Health Plan is working hard to improve the health of all Kentuckians and to create new jobs and extensive services in Kentucky,” said Ryan Sadler, president of the Passport Health Plan at Molina Healthcare. “Today’s announcement of 25 new jobs to serve our one-stop help center in Hazard is part of our commitment to build a workforce of 1,100 employees in Kentucky. We are proud to partner with the Commonwealth to provide critically important managed care services to over 300,000 Kentuckians. “