Projects of Statewide Significance
Statewide projects are those that have a statewide impact such as interstates, major arterials and highways. National Highway System (NHS) projects are ranked using the statewide formula which is based solely on quantitative data, such as crashes and average daily traffic.
The Cabinet has identified 70 projects of statewide importance to consider for funding from the statewide funding pool.
Using the data-driven approach, SHIFT has helped KYTC identify the highest ranking projects across the state. The top NHS projects are prioritized for funding from the statewide funding pool. The remaining NHS projects can be considered for regional funding.
Local transportation leaders, including Area Development Districts, Metropolitan Planning Organizations and
KYTC Chief District Engineers, across the state will prioritize projects at the regional and district level. The state is grouped into four regions, comprised of three state highway districts in each. An equal portion of funds will be allocated to each region.
The groups will consider more than 1,100 projects that have been scored using SHIFT.
Regions will submit their selected projects to KYTC in early fall.
SHIFT is a collaborative process that engages local, district and state leaders in shaping the next recommended Highway Plan. District and local leaders have the opportunity to suggest changes and involve citizens in the discussion.
Following the release of the proposed statewide projects, district and local transportation leaders will have a chance to weigh in on which regional projects should move up in the priority rankings. SHIFT creates a more level playing field across the state by allocating regional priority funding evenly across four regions.
In the fall, KYTC will combine state and regional lists to produce a prioritized, balanced plan to send to the Governor and legislators for consideration when developing the next Highway Plan during the 2018 General Assembly.