Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

Local News

October 7, 2011

Long-awaited project officially open

GLASGOW — A new route that could benefit not only the morning commute but also attract businesses to the county and aid emergency response vehicles has been officially opened.

After weather delayed this portion of a project 10 years in the making, the Veterans Outer Loop has only one more phase before it is complete.

State and local officials gathered at the bridge over the Cumberland Parkway at exit 15 to cut the ribbon on a section that connects the parkway to U.S. 68/Ky. 80 and stretches to Ky. 1297.

“The outer loop is a great asset to this area,” said State Representative Johnny Bell, D-Glasgow. “The more roads we open up the more we can attract businesses and if we continue to work hard, we’ll continue to grow.”

Greg Meredith, chief district highway engineer for the Kentucky Department of Transportation, explained that the $24 million outer loop project included $13.7 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds.

The local benefits include not only attraction of business but diversion of tractor-trailer traffic from the Glasgow square.

“It doesn’t seem like any time has passed since we opened the previous section, but people do not realize what this road will do for Barren County and for the downtown,” said Judge-Executive Davie Greer.

Greer said she hopes to request street lights from the state as an addition to the project.

At the opening ceremony, Senator David Givens said when he came into office in 2009, almost immediately the outer loop project came open for funding. He saw a need for the road, and worked to reprioritize funds to make the project happen.

“From March 2009 to October 2011, that’s hyperspeed for a road project,” he said. “And now we have the benefit of this road so that farm trucks can use this to access market and so many other benefits.

Another aspect of the road is the better access for emergency vehicles and law enforcement. Members of the Glasgow Police Department, Glasgow Police Department and volunteer fire departments were on hand to see the opening.

“It’s beneficial for police responding to accidents and it’s going to be a big advantage for [ambulance services] to be able to get on this road,” said Trevor Phillips, public information officer for the Barren County Sheriff’s Department.

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