The transportation ministry in Kentucky has a “problem” with transportation in the state, according to a report by the Kentucky Courier-Journal.
The Cabinet has a $2.4 million backlog in the road building and rehabilitation program, according the report, which cited unnamed officials and the Kentucky Transportation Development Authority as confirming the lack of progress.
In an emailed statement to the paper, the ministry did not address the lack or said it was still looking into the situation.
“The Department of Transportation is working diligently to identify the root cause and address it as quickly as possible,” the statement read.
“We will continue to do all that we can to ensure a smooth transition to the new program.”
The Courier-Jones reported last month that the state was still short $4.5 million in road funding.
While Kentucky has been able to borrow $1.4 billion to fund roads in recent years, the amount of that was due to the state not having the ability to issue bonds and the federal government not giving Kentucky the authority to issue them.
Kentucky Transportation Development and Capital Improvement Agency Director Bill Haskins told the paper that the road program had become “a complete failure.”
“We need to start working on a new plan,” Haskings said.
He also noted that the department has been in talks with the state’s chief financial officer, who he said was not able to find a solution to the backlog.
“We’re still in the process of finding out how we’re going to make a deal with the [chief financial officer],” Haskers said.
“I don’t know if they’re willing to come back.”