Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

Local News

April 21, 2010

Construction continues on Glasgow outer loop

GLASGOW — Concrete work for the new bridge on Veterans Outer Loop that crosses the Louie B. Nunn Parkway at the 15-mile marker began Monday and will continue the rest of the week, according to state highway department officials.

The bridge is located on the section of the road that spans from the Louie B. Nunn Parkway to U.S. 68/Ky. 80 East.

The $13.7 million project was part of the six-year highway plan approved by the 2009 Kentucky General Assembly and is the third of five phases of Veterans Outer Loop to be constructed. The current project also includes the fourth phase that was U.S. 31E to U.S. 68./Ky. 80 at a cost of $9.5 million.

“Approximately 31 percent of the work has been done with completion anticipated in the summer of 2011. There are 477,000 cubic yards of material that still has to be moved before the earth work is finished,” said Keirsten Jaggers, public information officer for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s office in Bowling Green.

There are two remaining structures to be constructed and those will be started this summer. They include two bridges over South Fork Beaver Creek and a box culvert under U.S. 68, she said.

“In addition, the paving portion of these projects will also have to be done,” Jaggers said.

Veterans Outer Loop is being constructed in five sections. Two sections of the road, which span from U.S. 31E to Ky. 90 West of Glasgow and from Ky. 90 to U.S. 68/Ky. 80 West were completed several years ago. The fourth phase of the road will connect U.S. 68/Ky. 80 to the Louie B. Nunn Parkway west of Glasgow at an estimated cost of $23 million and the fifth phase will connect  U.S. 68/ Ky. 80 East to U.S. 31E. The road was constructed to alleviate congestion in Glasgow and to hopefully spur economic growth by creating a bypass around the city.

“The key for any community as far as economic development, or as far as retail development, or any type of economic development is pretty much traffic flow. In our eyes, taking out traffic and making it easier to get around in our community will lend itself in a positive way toward economic development in the area,” said Ernie Myers, executive vice president of the Glasgow-Barren County Chamber of Commerce. “Glasgow does have a little rush hour now. This will alleviate a lot of that rush hour traffic. We also think it will make it easier to get from point A to point B.”

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