Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

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April 4, 2009

State draws loop as 2 lanes

Some area elected officials are unhappy

GLASGOW — The state’s new road plan does contain money to complete two sections of the Veterans Outer Loop in Glasgow, but the project is not exactly what local officials were hoping to see.

Rep. Johnny Bell, D-Glasgow, said he plans to meet with Kentucky Transportation Cabinet officials about why the loop has been changed from a four-lane road to a two-lane project.

Barren County will receive just more than $29 million for construction of two sections of the loop to finish the project from U.S. 31E to the Louie B. Nunn Parkway. The new sections of roadway will be two lanes as opposed to the four lane road that exists in the finished sections, said Keirsten Jaggers, spokeswoman for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet in Bowling Green. The road will also have several truck lanes in sections because of elevation. The sections are scheduled to be let for bid in July and construction will complete the west portion of the loop.

The state secured $17 million to fund the loop with the expectation it was going to be four lane, Bell said.

Projections were that on the initial section two lanes would cost $8 or $9 million while four lane road would be $17 million, he said.

“We’re going to ask them if the price for construction has gone up that much,” Bell said.

The transportation cabinet cannot shift that money unilaterally to another project when it has been appropriated through the legislature, he said.

“If that’s what has happened, I’m going to be very upset,” he said.

Davie Greer, judge-executive for Barren County, was not pleased the road was not to be four lanes as initially planned. All the planning for the outer loop was to have it be a four-lane road to help people get around the city and keep truck traffic off the bypass.

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