Improved access road to benefit nearly 400 TVA employees

DRAKESBORO, Ky. – Governor Steve Beshear joined local officials today to present a $435,000 ceremonial check to the Muhlenberg County Fiscal Court for improvements along Riverside Road near the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) Paradise Fossil Plant in Drakesboro.

“Over time, heavy traffic volumes and congestion have eroded the quality of Riverside Road leading to the plant,” said Gov. Beshear. “The improvements made along this route will provide employees and contractors a smooth, safer commute to work.”

The 3.1-mile project includes funding for road stabilization, resurfacing, shoulder work and drainage along Riverside Road. Nearly 400 TVA employees access the plant daily from this entry point. TVA’s secondary plant entrance reroutes employees 15 minutes out of the way.

“Many thanks to Gov. Beshear, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, Muhlenberg County Fiscal Court and the TVA for their contribution to these much-needed improvements along Riverside Road,” said Sen. Jerry Rhoads, of Madisonville. “This will ensure that TVA employees can get to work safely without being rerouted.”

“The coalition effort by Muhlenberg County, TVA, and the transportation and economic development cabinets to rehabilitate this road into a first-class road will enable hundreds of vehicles to travel safely to work at the Paradise TVA Steam Plant daily,” said Rep. Brent Yonts, of Greenville. “My special thanks go to the governor and the cabinets, including my friend Don Pasley, for working with County Judge Rick Newman and me in resolving this problem. The follow-through stroke will be to make this a state road.”

The estimated cost of the project is $535,000, to be shared equally by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) and the Muhlenberg County Fiscal Court. KYTC will administer $435,000 to the fiscal court, which will be responsible for construction and remaining project costs. TVA will make some in-kind contributions, including gravel for shoulder work.

Completion is expected in early November 2013.

“We appreciate Gov. Beshear and our state and local partners for taking action to improve this important route to Paradise Fossil Plant,” said TVA President and CEO Bill Johnson. “This project will improve safety for our employees and the public who travel this road every day. TVA and our employees are proud to work and live here in Muhlenberg County, and we are grateful for this community’s support.”

“Muhlenberg County Fiscal Court is pleased to be a partner in this truly significant collaboration between governmental entities on the Riverside Road project,” said Muhlenberg County Judge-Executive Rick Newman. “This is a county road which provides an alternate route for many employees of TVA saving them significant travel time to and from work and considerable improvement of safety factors on the route. We say ‘Thank You’ to the governor’s office, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and the TVA for being partners in this historic collaboration.”

The Paradise Fossil Plant was completed in 1970 on the Green River in Muhlenberg County. Paradise typically generates 14 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity each year, enough to supply more than 950,000 homes.




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