Member Designated Projects for the Surface Transportation Authorization Legislation


The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee is beginning the process of reauthorizing surface transportation programs.  Surface transportation programs include projects from the Federal Highway Administration and the Federal Transit Administration.  Funds for these projects will come directly from the Highway Trust Fund.  The Committee has provided an opportunity for each Member to submit requests for certain highway and transit project designations located in their respected congressional districts.  These projects are eligible under title 23, United States Code, and chapter 53 of title 49, United States Code.  Each request is required to meet strict eligibility guidelines from the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, and requests must have no financial ties to Members of Congress and their immediate family.  U.S. Congressman Andy Barr (KY-06) has certified that none of the requests he has submitted for Sixth District projects have financial ties to him or his immediate family. Requests are required to demonstrate strong community support and backing from local and state governments.  In accordance with committee guidelines, below is the Member Designated Projects that Congressman Barr submitted to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

Project Name: Newtown Pike Extension Project, Phase III Scott Street Connector.

Project Location: Scott Street in Lexington, Kentucky 40508.

Project Sponsor: Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.

Amount Requested: $20,000,000.00

Project Description: 

The Scott Street Connector is the final phase of the Newtown Pike Extension (NPE) project in Lexington, Kentucky. Phases I, II and IV are complete, as planned in the 2007 Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS). The Completed NPE project will improve multimodal access, reduce congestion in downtown Lexington, and improve access to the University of Kentucky and surrounding hospitals.

The Scott Street Connector begins at the Oliver Lewis Way intersection, proceeds south toward the Norfolk-Southern Railway yard, then curves to the east and crosses S. Broadway over a new bridge, connecting with the existing Scott Street.

The City of Lexington is committed, along with KYTC, MPO and FHWA partners, to fully fund and move the project forward to construction in a timely manner. Preliminary design for the Scott Street Connector is complete, including horizontal alignment, vertical alignment and cross-sections.

Member Certification Form

Community Letters of Support for Newtown Extension Project: