2018 Highway Plan
Enacted Highway Plan
The 2018 Highway Plan represents a shift in the right direction to develop a significantly less overprogrammed plan compared to previous years with a focus on preserving what we have based on available funding.
Outlining transportation priorities for the next six years (FY 2018-FY 2024), the Plan includes an investment of $2.3 billion in funding to repair more than 1,000 bridges and 5,000 miles of pavement motorists and businesses depend on across the Commonwealth. In the biennium, more than a third of those 1,000 bridges will be replaced or repaired.
The six-year plan includes $8.5 billion for more than 1,400 projects such as safety improvements, road widening, reconstruction and new routes and interchanges. The Plan includes $4.6 billion for mobility and safety projects, $2.3 billion for bridge and pavement repairs, $1 billion in federally dedicated programs (such as transportation enhancements and congestion reduction programs) and $600 million for federal GARVEE debt service payments.
For more than 18 months, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) staff and local transportation leaders evaluated and scored more than 1,100 projects across the state using the new Strategic Highway Investment Formula for Tomorrow (SHIFT). The model was a useful guide in prioritizing projects. Other factors, such as completing significant corridors, fulfilling previous commitments and evaluating impacts to communities, were also considered.
The KYTC project team is already moving ahead to begin the 18-month SHIFT prioritization process to develop the 2020 Recommended Highway Plan. Local input from transportation leaders will continue to remain a core component of the process while project weighing and scores may be refined based on the best available industry data measures. The next plan will be presented to the General Assembly in January 2020.
What is SHIFT
Gov. Matt Bevin directed KYTC to create a new system for prioritizing transportation dollars that was data-driven, objective and transparent. The Cabinet developed a strategic funding model to invest limited transportation funding across Kentucky, relying on quantitative data and input from state and local transportation leaders. The SHIFT process was used to create a more balanced and dependable plan to replace Kentucky’s previously overprogrammed list of transportation projects.
How SHIFT Works
SHIFT is a collaborative model that uses measurable data to assess the benefits of planned projects and compare them to each other. SHIFT allows policy makers to see just how far down the priority list our limited dollars will go and which other projects could be funded if additional dollars were generated.
Projects are scored based on these factors:
What SHIFT Includes
SHIFT dollars are devoted to capital improvement projects that are funded with state and federal dollars or only federal dollars. The chart below shows the types of projects included in SHIFT and those that fall outside the scope of SHIFT that use other funding sources.
Projects Outside of SHIFT
Rural and Municipal Aid
MPO Dedicated Projects
Other Federally Dedicated Projects
(safety, bike/ped, congestion, etc.)
(pavement, bridges, etc.)
Major infrastructure projects
(federally significant projects)