GLASGOW — After years of planning and debate, a new section of Veterans Outer Loop is under construction with another scheduled to follow shortly.
Stimulus package money is being used for the outer loop work on the section between Louie B. Nunn/Cumberland Parkway and U.S. 68/Ky. 80 east or Edmonton Road (the third section of five that will be completed). That will leave the section between U.S. 31E north and U.S. 68/Ky. 80 east and the section between the parkway at Ky. 1297 and U.S. 68/Ky. 80 west near RR Donnelley and Industrial Drive, which will be the last section scheduled for completion. Funding to complete the outer loop has not been finalized.
The next section of the outer loop is scheduled to be let for bid on Aug 21, said Keirsten Jaggers, spokeswoman for the transportation cabinet in Bowling Green.
This week the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet closed one lane of the Louie B. Nunn Parkway to prepare for bridge construction. Both directions will be one lane at the 15 and 16 mile marker for a total of 45 days.
It’s great to see that construction has begun, said State Rep. Johnny Bell, D-Glasgow.
“This is the type of project that will help Glasgow’s economic development for decades to come,” he said.
There was some discussion about if the outer loop project would be built as a two or four-lane road.
The project will be four lane, said State Senator David Givens, R-Greensburg.
“It all came down to traffic count,” he said. “I want to thank the engineers from the transportaion cabinet for being willing to come back here and re-study the issue.”
The newest population count put the outer loop at the numbers where it needed to be for four lanes. Local officials believed the roadway needed to be four lanes to be of maximum benefit to the community, Givens said.