Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

Local News

March 25, 2009

Road plan will fund outer loop construction

At least one Barren County project will receive stimulus dollars to begin construction.

There is one section of the proposed Veterans Outer Loop that should qualify and its possible that a second section will be eligible for stimulus money, said State Sen. David Givens, R-Greensburg, who serves on the Senate transportation committee.

“The issue is these projects have to be almost ready to go,” he said. “They have to have design, right of way and utilities completed or near completed,” he said.

The issue of what projects will receive stimulus dollars will be a significant topic during the current legislative session, Givens said.

“I feel like we’ll know something by July. We’ll know before then, but we’ll put ink to paper by July,” he said.

Currently Barren County has 12 projects in the 2008 Highway Plan. Two of those pertain to the outer loop and are scheduled to be let to construction this summer. These are the two sections west of Glasgow, said Keirsten Jaggers, spokeswoman for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.

The sections of the road plan that are scheduled to be funded based on the road plan passed by the legislature will include $22.57 million to construct the outer loop from U.S. 68 to the Louie B. Nunn Parkway, an additional $10.35 for construction from U.S. 68 to U.S. 31E of the outer loop and $544,508 for pavement rehabilitation on U.S. 68. The 2009-2010 road plan will stand unless legislators take some action to change it in the last two days of the current session.

“The first one has a higher price tag due to the fact that it will include building an interchange at the parkway in addition to the new road itself,” Jaggers said. “The remainder of the projects are still under way in some stage of design, right of way acquisition or utility relocation.”

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