I-65 Welcome Center in Bullitt receives top honors for cleanliness

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By The Staff

    SHEPHERDSVILLE - Kentucky Transportation Cabinet officials have named the Interstate 65 southbound welcome center in Bullitt County the Commonwealth’s best-maintained rest area of 2009.

     This marks the first time the facility has received the distinction. The Bullitt County welcome center tied with the Scott County welcome center this year for top honors.

     Certificates were presented to employees at the facility, who work for Lufkin, Texas-based Walter A. Smith Enterprises, which provides janitorial services for eight Kentucky rest areas. Kentucky Department of Highways staff oversees the operation.

     Acting Transportation Secretary Mike Hancock commended employees of the contractor and the state’s highway department who are devoted to the facility’s upkeep.

     “Having clean, accessible rest areas for motorists is just another way that we are fulfilling our mission to provide a safe and reliable transportation system,” Hancock said.

     “Motorists traveling Kentucky interstates recognize and appreciate the high level of care and attention that is given to ensure that a safe, clean environment is maintained at our rest areas. The employees at the Bullitt County southbound rest area do an exemplary job every day to make sure the facility reflects well on our great Commonwealth,” Hancock said.

     “Your commitment has made this award possible,” said Matt Bullock, chief district engineer for the Louisville highway district. “On behalf of District 5, we commend the hard work and dedication of our employees.  Thank you for all that you do.”

     The award is based on regular maintenance inspections and is presented annually by the cabinet.