In connection with National Infrastructure Week, today the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce released “A Citizen’s Guide to Kentucky Infrastructure” a report detailing the critical condition of much of the state’s infrastructure and suggested solutions to the issues facing the state. Most Kentuckians probably don’t think much about infrastructure until they hit a big pothole – a jarring reminder of the importance of well-maintained highways. Beyond the impact on individuals, transportation is a vital element affecting the Kentucky’s prospects for economic prosperity: The state is within a day’s drive of two-thirds of the nation’s population, making it a key site for industries that need to transport products across the country. But transportation is just one part of the infrastructure that keeps Kentucky working, producing and growing, according to a new report from the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce.
The report, “A Citizen’s Guide to Kentucky Infrastructure,” takes a look at the current condition of such infrastructure elements as highways, bridges, riverports, utilities and broadband, water and wastewater, and others. It also identifies what is needed to strengthen the state’s structural backbone in key areas. “Kentucky must realize our global competitors are building infrastructure at an impressive rate. To take full advantage of the state’s favorable geographic location and improve the ability of Kentucky companies to compete, we must place a greater emphasis on our state’s infrastructure. Our focus must be a comprehensive approach including energy, water, sewer, broadband and transportation systems,” said Kentucky Chamber President and CEO Dave Adkisson. “The Chamber urges the state to utilize P3s and other innovative solutions in order to move Kentucky forward.”