Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

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August 16, 2011

Rain delays outer loop project

GLASGOW — The biggest road construction project in Glasgow has pushed its finish date back another month after not being able to catch up after this spring’s heavy rains.

After declaring an August finish date last month, those involved with the Veterans Outer Loop construction project have now announced that sections three and four of the loop that will circle Glasgow won’t be complete until September.

“It has been unique in that we have had two straight springs with record rainfall and a fairly extreme winter this past year,” said Kevin Gearlds, project engineer for the outer loop. “This has caused significant delay and slower progress than what I would have expected.”

Finishing this September was not what the construction crew anticipated two years ago, Gearlds said, but with so much rain there were a lot of days the crew couldn’t work. Much of the ground is red clay, and when red clay gets wet, the construction equipment gets bogged down and the crew has to wait until the ground dries. The construction crew thought they would be able to make up enough time to finish in August, but they weren’t able to.

“We kind of thought it would be pushed off just a little, but it was really just the weather,” said Keirsten Jaggers, public information officer for the Kentucky Cabinet of Highway Transportation.

“It happens. You just kind of anticipate that,” she said.

The state still has plenty of money to finish the project, Jaggers said, so that is not an issue. The final section of the Veterans Outer Loop is slated for the state next six-year plan, and once the whole loop is complete, those involved expect it to be a big boon to the community of Glasgow.

“This project should be a big enhancement to the traveling public when the entire loop is complete on the west side of town,” Gearlds said. “These two sections that we are completing will be of some benefit to the school system because of the proximity of the Glasgow school system off of 68-80. When the connection is made on the west side of town in the near future I believe the true impact will be felt and the Outer Loop traffic volume will increase significantly.”

It won’t be long before the loop is complete, Jaggers said, and the city can take full advantage of the new road  that will hopefully improve Glasgow traffic flow and build up its industrial sector.

“Hopefully we’ll have a nice big ribbon-cutting out there soon,” she said.

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