Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

Local News

February 16, 2008

6-year plan includes loop sections

Money for road construction should be available in 2010

Two long-gestating Glasgow road projects are among those included in the state’s newly proposed six-year highway plan.

Construction funding for the three remaining portions of the Veterans Outer Loop are scheduled to be available in 2010.

The priority section, running from U.S. 31E to U.S. 68, has an amount of approximately $10,350,000, according to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s (KYTC) six-year highway plan. A utility relocation phase is expected to have its $1,460,000 in funding in 2009.

The second construction phase is valued at $17,200,000 and runs from U.S. 68 to the Louie B. Nunn (Cumberland) Parkway east of Glasgow, while the third extends from U.S. 68, west of Glasgow, to the Parkway and will cost $22,570,000.

This last construction phase includes an interchange at the Louie B. Nunn Parkway.

Originally, funding for the three sections had been scheduled in 2007 and 2008, according to Keirsten Jaggers, KYTC information manager.

“We’re waiting with anticipation to see the whole Outer Loop completed,” Glasgow Mayor Darrell Pickett said. “One thing the Outer Loop will benefit is it will take away the downtown traffic.”

Kevin Myatt with the Joint Planning and Zoning Commission estimated that a majority of the Outer Loop is within the city limits, although the surrounding area along the road is yet to be put to use.

“We don’t have any plans currently available,” he said.

Pickett believes that in a few years following the completion of the roadway, businesses will be established along it.

Priority section No. 1 for reconstructing of Ky. 90 east of Glasgow, which is the only section that has construction scheduled, has a 2011 date when approximately $9 million in funding is anticipated. In 2010, monies in the amount of $2,600,000 are expected for a utility relocation phase.

The reconstruction is to run east of Glasgow from the Louie B. Nunn Parkway to approximately 0.57 miles east of Ky. 2198 (Lick Branch Road).

Two additional priority sections are only scheduled for utility relocation and right-of-ways. Both are expected to have funding in 2010, with a total dollar amount of $7,560,000.

The second runs from 0.57 miles east of Ky. 2198 to 0.38 miles east of Ky. 839, while the third goes from Ky. 839 to the Metcalfe County line.

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