On Thursday, December 6, 2018, US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and US Representative Hal Rogers announced that Pulaski County has been awarded $25 million from the US Department of Transportation’s “Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development” grant program. According to Pulaski County officials, the BUILD grant will be utilized to improve safety conditions at the intersection of KY 80 and KY 461 for the more than four million visitors to Lake Cumberland each year. This intersection, which is a critical gateway to Lake Cumberland’s economy, is in need of safety improvements, which will include the construction of a grade-separated intersection and expand KY 461 to four lanes. These improvements will increase capacity and allow for more economic development along this access-point for the Lake Cumberland region. Representative Rogers said the safety and transportation improvements resulting from this road project will have a regional impact, saving lives at a dangerous intersection that is heavily traveled, providing better access to a high-tech regional industrial park, and paving the way for future development of the northern bypass.