More than 30 organizations representing interests from manufacturing to farming and engineering are coming together to form a new Kentucky Infrastructure Coalition.
The aim of the group is to prevent the decline of the state’s multifaceted infrastructure system.
Coalition Chair Juva Barber, who directs Kentuckians for Better Transportation, says the group formed to advocate for and provide solutions to the state’s transportation needs.
The coalition points to a national decline in wholesale gasoline prices and state officials diverting road fund monies to other agencies as factors contributing to insufficient investments in transportation.
Coalition representatives say an effective, dependable infrastructure is needed to accommodate $500 billion worth of freight moving through Kentucky annually.
Transportation is also noted for bringing in tourists and visitors who contribute more than $14 billion dollars to the state’s economy.