I-175 was “discovered” as a line item in a report for the 107th congress: House Report 107-108 in the United States House of Representatives, report detailing proposed spending of the U.S. Department of Transportation for Fiscal Year 2002, includes $2,400,000 for "I 175 feasibility and planning study, Kentucky"; however, no mention of an I-175 can be found anywhere in the Kentucky Transportation Project Statewide Transportation Plan.
Mike Hancock from the transportation cabinet reported the following concerning I-175:
As you may be aware, the concept of "I-175" has been around for a long time. The basic idea is that by building a high-type road straight from I-75 south of Lexington, KY, to I-75 east of Chattanooga, TN, you could cut some length and travel time off a trip along I-75 through Kentucky and Tennessee. Obviously, this is an extremely expensive proposition and has traditionally been discounted because of the cost. The recent designation by Congress of some money to study this corridor implies that Congress is interested in determining the feasibility of "I-175". This money does not guarantee that the route will be built, as the total cost of the project would likely approach $3 billion. It does, however, indicate an interest to know if such an expenditure would be justifiable.
Funding was not included for I-175 in the final conference version of the Transportation spending bill that passed in the U.S. House of Representatives on Nov. 30, 2001 and the U.S. Senate on Dec. 4, 2001. The bill was eventual approved by the president; so it appears any plans for an I-175 are now dead.
On the Tennessee side of the equation, there is a mention on this page about I-124 in Tennessee about a plan to eventually extend the I-124/US-27 freeway to the Kentucky state line. It is possible that this plan is the southern portion of I-175 plan.
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Transportation Spending Bill Passes Both Houses of Congress
Posted: 8-Dec-2001 4:52AM CST
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The conference version of the Transportation spending bill has passed both houses of Congress and is now waiting to be signed by the President.
Kentucky is mentioned several places in the bill:
Quite an impressive haul; however, there is no funding for I-175.
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