Shell Secures Funding for I-75 Expansion

Budget Proposal Including Funding for Expansion of Heavily Traveled Portion of I-75 in Rockcastle Passes General Assembly

In January, Governor Matt Bevin proposed a transportation plan that included widening parts of I-75 in Rockcastle County. Bevin noted the relentless work of State Representative Jonathan Shell and Senator Jared Carpenter that led to the proposed funding.

Late last Friday evening, as soon as the vote was taken, Representative Jonathan Shell announced the General Assembly passed a final Transportation Budget that included the plan for I-75. The funding will be used on a section of I-75 in Rockcastle County which has been the source of multiple traffic backups and wrecks over the last few years, especially during inclement weather this past winter. 

“This project is long overdue. Senator Carpenter and I have worked hard to ensure that this vital section of I-75 is expanded to 6 lanes. It is not only an economic development issue, but more importantly, a safety issue. I commend the General Assembly for passing this crucial funding measure, and I look forward to it being signed into law. It will have a very positive impact on our community.” said Shell who represents Rockcastle County in the State House. 

Rockcastle Judge-Executive Doug Bishop praised the work Shell and Carpenter in securing the transportation project. 

“We are thankful for Jonathan and Jared securing this project for Rockcastle County. Their leadership, along with Governor Bevin’s, made this needed project possible.” Bishop said.  

The Transportation Budget, which includes $6 billion in state and federal funds to address transportation issues across the state, provides funds for widening I-75 in Rockcastle County to 6 lanes, consisting of 3 in each direction. Currently, there are only 2 lanes in each direction. 

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