Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

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March 19, 2014

Ky. House approves $24M for Barren County road projects

State Senate likely to alter plan

GLASGOW — The potential widening of Ky. 90 between Glasgow and Cave City is included in more than $24 million in Barren County road projects approved Tuesday by the Kentucky House.

The Democrat-controlled House OK’d a $4.5 billion, two-year road plan, which is expected to be altered by the Republican-heavy Senate. More than half of Barren County’s $24 million includes ongoing projects that carry forward from the current fiscal year.

For now, the plan allocates $6 million in fiscal year 2015 for right-of-way acquisition for the major widening of Ky. 90 from Sanders Street in Cave City to Veterans Outer Loop in Glasgow, a stretch of more than eight miles that currently includes two- and three-lane sections. In fiscal year 2016, $3.5 million is budgeted for utility work on the project, and $2.5 million carries over from fiscal year 2014 for the design phase.

“I think it is definitely important to get that four-laned from Cave City to Glasgow,” Cave City Mayor Dwayne Hatcher said Wednesday. “Anything southbound coming off of Interstate 65 comes through (Cave City). To get that done would be important for us, for Glasgow, and for all of Barren County, really.”

Having the project included in the House road plan means, even if it remains in the final approved road plan, work will not begin on the project for possibly five or six years, the mayor said.

“At least we’ve got it in the talking stages,” he said.

There is presently work being done on Ky. 90 from the interstate overpass to Sanders Street.

“Some construction has begun … to make that five lanes, as I understand it,” Hatcher said. “The work you see now is part of the road work. The side work is pretty much finished.”

The largest single amount included in the House plan is the ongoing reconstruction of Ky. 90 from just east of Ky. 839 to the Metcalfe County line. The construction phase is listed at a little more than $10 million, which carries over from fiscal year 2014, ending June 30.

Meanwhile, the plan allocates $550,000 in fiscal year 2015 for construction of a connection between U.S. 31-E and Old Cavalry Drive at the existing intersection of 31-E and Trojan Trail. More than $200,000 carries over from FY 2014 for that project.

The plan sets aside $1 million in FY 2016 to design a widening of Ky. 1297 between Donnelley Drive and South L. Rogers Wells Boulevard, along with a widening of Donnelley Drive.

Also carrying over from FY 2014 is $250,000 for the realignment of U.S. 68 at Ky. 255.

Projects included in the plan for neighboring counties are:

Metcalfe County

• $1.63 million in FY 2015 for the design of improvements to Ky. 90 in Summer Shade.

• $2.5 million in FY 2015 for a scoping study and design of U.S. 68 between the Louie B. Nunn Cumberland Parkway and the Green County line.

Monroe County

• $444,000 in both FY 2015 and FY 2016 for the operation of Turkey Neck Bend Ferry on Ky. 214.

• A total of $135,000 in FY 2015 for right-of-way acquisition and utility work for the replacement of a bridge on New Salem Road over Peter Creek, just east of Bethlehem Church Road.

Hart County

• A combined $105 million in FY 2015 for the widening of Interstate 65 to six lanes from the U.S. 31-W bridge to the Ky. 224 bridge, a stretch of about 12 miles.

• $3 million carries over from FY 2014 for the reconstruction of Ky. 88 from Logsdon Valley Road to County Barn Road.

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