SPARTA, KY (FOX19) - Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear was in Sparta on Monday, touring the parking expansion at Kentucky Speedway.
The Speedway received hundreds of complaints from NASCAR fans following a traffic nightmare at last year's inaugural Sprint Cup race, the Quaker State 400.
Since then, the State of Kentucky completed projects which expanded Kentucky Highway 35 to seven lanes, widened the I-71 ramp to Ky. Hwy. 35 to three lanes and constructed a pedestrian tunnel that will connect the massive new Ford Parking lot east of Ky. Hwy. 35 to Kentucky Speedway.
In addition to acquiring and engineering 170 new acres for the Ford Parking lot, Kentucky Speedway converted 50 new acres of previously unusable land to parking and added gravel aisles to 100 acres of previously all-grass parking. In total, the projects yielded parking for an additional 20,000 vehicles compared to 2011.
The Saturday, June 30 "Quaker State 400" anchors a weekend that opens Thursday, June 28 with the Camping World Truck Series "UNOH 225" and continues Friday, June 29 with the Nationwide Series "Feed The Children 300."
Beshear was also in Florence for the ribbon cutting of the city's new senior activity center. The new 8,700 square-foot facility is located at 7341 U.S. Highway 42, the site of the former Florence City Building. The new building will provide adequate space to meet the programming and physical needs of seniors in the area.
"Ensuring that our seniors have adequate access to services is a priority of my administration," said Gov. Beshear. "The new Florence Senior Activity Center will provide a much-needed, permanent facility in the community for seniors to access educational, recreational and nutritional resources to increase their overall quality of life."
Gov. Beshear will also stop by the groundbreaking of the Taylor Mill Road project. The project covers 4.2 miles, from Interstate 275 to Klette Road. Construction is in progress on two sections – on the north end near I-275 and the south end near Klette Road. Construction on two middle sections is expected to be let to contract in the fall.
"For the thousands of motorists who travel through here, and the hundreds of students who attend school here, this project will result in a safer, less congested Taylor Mill Road," Gov. Beshear said.
Beshear's also visiting the Kenton County Academies of Innovation and Technology for the ceremonial signing of SB 38, relating to career and technical education.