Gov. Beshear announces $23M for school highway safety projects

Gov. Beshear announces $23M for school highway safety projects

KENTUCKY (WFIE) - On Wednesday, Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear announced plans to invest $23 million to improve highway safety near public schools, protecting students, educators and families.

Nearly 70 safety improvement projects in 44 counties across the state are included in the award.

You can view the full list of those projects here.

“These projects merge two key areas I’ve been committed to investing in since day one as Governor: education and infrastructure,” Gov. Beshear said. “Once completed, these projects will ensure safe access to and around our schools, as well as improve quality of life for the thousands of Kentucky families that drop off and pick up children every day.”

In western Kentucky, funding will be allocated this year to begin designs for new turn lanes at Pride Elementary in Hopkins County. The new turn lanes will significantly improve afternoon traffic flow in and out of the school.

Pedestrian safety improvements will also include the replacement of sidewalks within the turn lane project area, upgrading sidewalk ramps to be ADA compliant and restriping the crosswalks.

“For years, we have battled a traffic congestion problem in our area and we are excited about a solution,” Pride Elementary Principal Kristy Saint said.

“Our Falcons are the largest number of walkers of any elementary in our county, and we have three crossing guards,” Hopkins County Schools Superintendent Dr. Deanna Ashby said. “To receive this generous gift, we are so excited. So on behalf of Team Hopkins – Team Pride – we want to say thank you Team Kentucky.”

The announcement projects James Madison Middle School will receive $100,000 for turn lane changes.

James Madison is located on Brown Road in Madisonville, which is a busy two-way street.

Principal Matt Melton says a large number of students walk to and from school, so safer streets would really help out.

”It is very exciting because our number one job at James Madison or any school is the safety of our kids,” Melton said. “So any help we can get in making our school, our neighborhood safer, is greatly appreciated.”

Beshear’s announcement says that Pride Elementary is also set to receive $100,000.

Here is the full list of projects for 2021 and 2022 in our area of Kentucky.

  • Daviess Co., KY 298, repair KY 298 and at US 431 near So. Oaks Elementary - $200,000
  • Hopkins Co., KY 1581, design turn lanes at Pride Elementary - $100,000
  • Hopkins Co., KY 254, design turn lanes at James Madison Middle School - $100,000
  • McLean Co., KY 136, design turn lanes at McLean County High School - $100,000
  • Union Co., US 60, construct ditch repairs near Union County High School - $70,000
  • Union Co., US 60, construct sidewalk between UCHS and Middle School - $30,000
  • Webster Co., KY 1340, design turn lanes at Webster County Schools - $200,000
  • Hopkins Co., KY 1581, construct turn lanes at Pride Elementary - $1,200,000
  • Hopkins Co., KY 254, construct turn lanes at James Madison Middle School - $800,000
  • McLean Co., KY 136, construct turn lanes at McLean County High School - $700,000
  • Webster Co., KY 1340, construct turn lanes at Webster County Schools - $550,000

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