GLASGOW — The Kentucky House of Representatives this morning passed its two-year road plan, overwhelmingly supporting House Bill 267. While normally the House and state adopt a six-year road plan, the House can appropriate only two years' worth of state dollars for construction, wrote David Thompson of the Kentucky Press Association. The bill now goes to the full Senate where changes can be made and then it will go to conference committee to be agreed upon by both chambers.
For Barren County, the House approved improvement of Ky. 90 from near Lick Branch Road to near Ky. 839, according to the 2012-14 Biennial Highway Construction Plan. It also approved improvement of Ky. 90 from 839 to the Metcalfe County line. The allocation of money for both Ky. 90 projects is in the 2013 fiscal year.
The House approved “major widening” of the intersection of Interstate 65 and Ky. 70 in Cave City. Associated with that project will be reconstruction of Ky. 70 from the interstate to the Mammoth Cave National Park entrance. Both projects are slated to be funded in fiscal year 2012.
Also picked for funding in FY2012 is the final leg of the Veterans Outer Loop, which will connect U.S. 68/Ky. 80 west to Louie B. Nunn Parkway, which will include a fourth interchange for Glasgow with the parkway.
Finally, the House approved funding for the widening of I-65 from near Cave City to the parkway.
The total amount of money approved in FY2012 and FY2013 combined is $99 million, with more than half of that targeted for improvements to the interstate and its interchanges in Barren County.