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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.

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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:

  • Improving safety

  • Preserving existing infrastructure

  • Reducing congestion

  • Fueling economic growth

  • Spending tax dollars wisely (cost/benefit)

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 Included
Projects Outside of SHIFT
Safety Improvements
Rural and Municipal Aid
Road Widening
MPO Dedicated Projects
Other Federally Dedicated Projects
(safety, bike/ped, congestion, etc.)
New Interchanges
Maintenance Projects
(pavement, bridges, etc.)
New Routes
Major infrastructure projects
(federally significant projects)

SHIFT Scores

KYTC staff and local transportation leaders (Area Development Districts, Metropolitan Planning Organizations and KYTC District Chief Engineers) evaluated and scored more than 1,100 projects across the state using the SHIFT model to guide the prioritization process to propose projects in the 2018 Highway Plan. Other factors, such as completing significant corridors, fulfilling previous commitments and evaluating impacts to communities, were also considered. The 2018 Recommended Highway Plan supported the General Assembly's decision-making process to enact the final 2018 Highway Plan.

Projects were categorized in one of two categories: statewide and regional. Statewide projects are those that have a statewide impact, such as interstates, major arterials and highways. Regional projects are transportation improvements within similar geographical sections of the Commonwealth (four regions, each consisting of three state highway districts). Each project was assigned a SHIFT score based on the same five components: safety, asset management, congestion, economic growth and benefit/cost. The output scores for statewide projects and regional projects are not comparable because the formula weighting differs. Statewide projects are scored solely on quantitative data, such as crashes and average daily traffic. Regional projects are 70% quantitative (based on the SHIFT formula) and 30% qualitative (input from regional transportation leaders). The output scores are also not comparable between regions (e.g., a SHIFT score of 70 in the west region is not comparable to a SHIFT score of 70 in the north region). ​

The regional and statewide scores for all of the projects scored through the SHIFT process are available in the supporting documents section below. The statewide list includes the scores of the 70 projects identified from the National Highway System to be of statewide significance​, as well as 19 transition projects that had 2017 lettings and commitments. 

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SHIFT Regions

Supporting Documents

2018 Enacted Highway Plan

Map of bridge repairs in Biennium of Enacted Plan

2018 Recommended Highway Plan​


SHIFT Scores

SHIFT North Region Scores

SHIFT South Region Scores

SHIFT West Region Scores

SHIFT East Region Scores

SHIFT Statewide Scores

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