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Governor appoints Ward to Authority

Letcher County Judge/Executive Jim Ward is among 11 persons appointed to the new Kentucky Public Transportation Infrastructure Authority by Gov. Steve Beshear.

“This is an essential step toward financing new bridges across the Ohio River, as well as other projects that are critically important but simply too large for our traditional system of transportation funding,” Beshear said.

By legislative mandate, the Governor’s appointments include representatives of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, the Finance and Administration Cabi- net and specified organizations. They also include private citizens with expertise in transportation infrastructure.

Ward was appointed to represent the Kentucky County Judge/ Executives Association.

Creation of the 11-person authority was provided for in House Bill 3 of the 2009 General Assembly. The authority’s mission is to promote the availability of and enhance accessibility to improved transportation services within Kentucky.

The panel can enter into bistate agreements with Indiana on projects that would serve both states, such as the Louisville- Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges and a proposed Interstate 69 bridge near Henderson and Evansville, Ind.

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