Senate passes ambitious road construction plan

Associated Press

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - The Senate has approved an ambitious road construction plan that will now move to the House for final passage.

Lawmakers moved quickly on the final day of this year's legislative session to pass the plan that includes $3.5 billion worth of construction projects over the next two years.

The Senate voted 37-0 for the measure Thursday afternoon.

Senate Transportation Committee Chairman Ernie Harris, R-Crestwood, said the proposal includes $200 million to widen the heavily traveled Interstate 65 where numerous fatal traffic crashes have occurred in recent years.

A crash on a rural stretch of the highway near Munfordville in 2010 killed 11 people, 10 of them members of a Mennonite family.

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