Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

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March 9, 2007

Next phase of loop coming

Will connect to parkway

GLASGOW — Construction on the Glasgow Outer Loop is hitting the road again.

The project is made up of five sections that fan out north of the Cumberland Parkway, said Keirsten Jaggers, public information officer for the Kentucky Transportation Department in Bowling Green.

Two of the middle sections are already complete.

“The project will be useful to Barren County and surrounding areas because it will provide an additional way to get around town instead of going through town,” said Jaggers.

The next step in the project will be the construction from U.S. 68 west to the Cumberland Parkway, which includes an interchange with the parkway. The section is scheduled for contractor’s bids in August. There is $17 million set aside for construction. The project will be roughly 2 miles in length, Jaggers said.

Trucks will have another route to take instead of going through the county seat and in event of an accident, motorists will have another route to travel, Jaggers said.

Kentucky is going through a massive reconstruction to improve its highway system, which began in 2006 and lasting until 2012.

There has been an increase from 856 fatalities on the highways, which needed to be updated in 1995, to 984 in 2005, according to a May 2006 Transportation Cabinet press release.

Highway travel has increased 25 percent whereas the number of lanes has not increased, the press release stated. On urban highways, 30 percent are moderately or severely congested, which the Six Year Plan aims to alleviate, it stated.

In November, construction for the loop from U.S. 68 east of Glasgow to the Cumber-land Parkway will begin and has $15.9 million scheduled for construction. The length for this project is approximately 1.2 miles, Jaggers said.

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