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U.S. Department of Transportation announces $10.2 million for Build U.S. 460 project in Paris

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao today announced that the Trump Administration will invest $900 million in American infrastructure through the Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) Transportation Discretionary Grants program. This includes an award of $10.2 million to Paris, Kentucky for the BUILD US 460 project.

Elaine Choa

“The Administration is targeting BUILD Transportation grants to repair, rebuild, and revitalize significant infrastructure projects across the country,” said U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao.

The fiscal Year 2019 BUILD Transportation grants are for investments in surface transportation infrastructure and have been awarded on a competitive basis to projects with a significant impact in their local or regional communities. BUILD funding supports roads, bridges, transit, rail, ports or intermodal transportation.

The project will reconstruct approximately 6.3 miles of US 460 from Russell Cave Road to US 27 Bypass to widen narrow driving lanes, add shoulders, construct recoverable side slopes, remove obstructions to increase clear zone, reconstruct crest vertical curves to improve sight distance, and construct turnouts allowing slow-moving vehicles to temporarily exit the traffic stream.

The project will restrict the roadway to reduce collisions in an area that has a higher injury/fatality rate than the national average. Due to the vehicle mix that travels the road, including farm equipment, trucks, and school buses, widening the road and shoulders is crucial for passenger safety. This project will improve economic competitiveness by providing a more direct route between businesses in Paris and Georgetown, an important link for Kentucky’s manufacturing center. By reconstructing US 460, the roadway can be made more durable for the anticipated truck traffic and take the burden off of US 27 and US 62, which currently serve as the long-way for trucks to travel from Paris to Georgetown.

The project will also replace two aging Scott County structures from 1954, which no longer meet modern standards and can only carry limited loads. The project enhances the quality of life with safer roadways, connectivity, and also contains innovations new to the area in project design and contracting.

The program selection criteria encompassed safety, economic competitiveness, quality of life, state of good repair, environmental sustainability, innovation, and partnerships with a broad range of stakeholders.

To reflect the Administration’s ongoing effort to rebalance historic underinvestment in rural America, DOT has awarded 50% of BUILD Transportation grant funding to projects located in rural areas. For this round of BUILD grants, the maximum grant award is $25 million, and no more than $90 million can be awarded to a single State.

From U.S. Department of Transportation

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