Speaker Hoover Announces Working Group on Kentucky’s Transportation Infrastructure
Group Charged with Ensuring Kentucky’s Transportation Infrastructure is Top Notch, In Spite of Declining Road Fund Revenues Since 2014
KYTC releases data-driven list of statewide transportation priorities to guide decisions on next Highway Plan
Sec. Thomas announces additional $205 million commitment to repair aging bridges, roads across Kentucky
Guest Column by Dr. Noelle Hunter, Executive Director, Kentucky Office of Highway Safety
The Kentucky Office of Highway Safety is setting 2018 targets for the reduction of fatalities and serious injuries. This discussion pits our knowledge of data trends - which indicate a decrease in both fatalities and serious injuries by 2019 - against the realities we see each day in the Daily Fatality Report.
Kentucky's Airports Conduit to Development
Kentucky boasts 59 public airports. Though the Kentucky Department of Aviation (KDA) plays a role in all of them, we play a primary role in the maintenance of our 53 general aviation (GA) airports. For those Kentuckians that seldom travel by air, the value to our state of these facilities may be overlooked. However, a vibrant and well-maintained regional airport system is essential to our state's economic development. Corporate executives are responsible for expansive business interests with a broad geographic footprint. These executives need to be able to check on their facilities efficiently, often traveling to more than one facility per day. Because of that requirement, many businesses are unlikely to expand to a region unless they can access it by air.
KDA finances the maintenance of the commonwealth's GA airports via a jet fuel tax. In prior years, these funds (approximately $8.2 million per year) only allowed us to do "Band-Aid" repairs at our airports, such as resurfacing, maintaining lighting systems, or patching flaws on aprons and taxiways. They did not allow for more in depth repairs or upgrades.