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Invest in Kentucky's Infrastructure

The Kentucky Chamber and Kentucky Infrastructure Coalition believe a dependable transportation network is essential for the safe and efficient movement of individuals and goods statewide.


Kentucky is in a prime spot — within a day’s drive of two-thirds of the nation’s population.

Kentucky roads were given a D grade due to congestion and delays, pavement condition, needed improvements, and insufficient funding.

More than 25% of Kentucky's economy is made up of industries highly dependent on transportation compared to 19% nationally.

Annual cost to motorists of road congestion, vehicle operating costs due to poor roads and inadequate safety features: $4 billion a year.

Kentucky sits at the center of a 34-state distribution area in the eastern U.S., facilitating distribution of goods and materials to a massive industrial and consumer market.

1,157 (8%) of Kentucky’s bridges are classified as structurally deficient; another 3,133 bridges (22%) are classified as functionally obsolete.

Learn more in a Citizen's Guide to Kentucky Infrastructure (2017):

Infrastructure Needs:

  • Roads and Bridges: Additional $500 million per year is needed for critical projects and maintenance.

  • Rail: Maintain the current funding level of $1.6 million each year for railway safety.

  • Riverports: Approximately $3.5 million needed each year over the next 20 years to make significant improvements.

  • Airports: About $50 million needed to maintain the 53 airports and $8 million to replace or remodel terminal buildings.

  • Transit: Kentucky ranks 39th in total funding for public transportation. Public transit provides 31 million trips annually. 

Learn more about Kentucky's infrastructure needs on kickstartky.com.

Stories on Kentucky's Infrastructure