Governor Beshear Presents $855,000 to Marion County for Kentucky Cooperage Bridge Project

Governor Andy Beshear presented $855,000 in Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Department of Rural and Municipal Aid funding to Marion County. This will be used to implement a project that will improve safety and traffic flow on U.S. 68 near three school campuses and a popular Bourbon Trail tourist attraction – the renowned Independent Stave Company Kentucky Cooperage. A bridge will be constructed on U.S. 68, under which pedestrian and motor traffic can then pass from Kentucky Cooperage’s barrel works on one side of the highway to its visitor center and offices on the other side. 
“Kentucky Cooperage’s manufacturing operation and steady stream of visitors means numerous vehicles and pedestrians having to cross U.S. 68 every day. A new bridge is crucial to reducing traffic congestion, eliminating a potential hazard for pedestrians and motorists, and, at the same time, accommodating our increasing tourism.” Marion County Judge Executive David Daugherty said.
Kentucky Cooperage announced in February 2022 that they would be investing $4.1 million in Marion County to expand its used barrel operation and create up to 20 additional full-time jobs. Production on the 41,000-square-foot addition began this spring with an expected completion date of February 2023.
Gov. Beshear said, “This funding helps further two of my administration’s top priorities – economic development and highway safety, especially near school campuses.”
The bridge project will be within the area of a larger project the cabinet plans to undertake that will make improvements along U.S. 68, including its intersection with Corporate Drive/KY 2154.
Pictured above with Gov. Beshear are members of the Marion County Industrial Foundation Board, as well as KY State Rep. Sarge Pollock and Commissioner Bobbi Lewis.

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