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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
No Projects Cut from Six Year Road Plan, but Some Are Delayed
Posted: 20-Feb-2004 7:35AM CST

Transportation Cabinet Secretary Bailey told state legislators on Wednesday that no projects were cut from this year's version of the Six Year Highway plan; however, some projects have delayed due to the states budget problems.

The list of projects is too long to list here; however, some notable projects are listed below.

  • $118 million for the Louisville-Southern Indiana Bridges Project. Some of this money will be raised by selling bonds that would be repaid when promised federal funding is allocated for the project.
  • $78 million for reconstruction of the Owensboro bypass to the east of its current alignment. This is meant to improve access to the William H. Natcher Bridge.
  • Widening of I-64 from Louisville to Shelbyville.
  • Widening of I-65 from the Tennessee State Line to Bowling Green.
  • Widening of I-75 in Scott and Grant counties.
  • Southern extensions of both the Breathitt Pennyrile Parkway and the William H. Natcher Parwkay.

A notable absence from the list is funding for replacing the I-71/I-75 Brent Spence Bridge over the Ohio River; however, the project remains on the unscheduled needs list and officials claim that it is still a priority. Construction on the project is still over a decade away.

This year the transportation cabinet has split the list into projects that will receive federal funding and projects that will not receive federal funding. Projects that will be funded only by the state are expected to be delayed and will be prioritized by need.

More Information

Statewide: Courier-Journal: Lack of funding to delay some work (Feb. 19, 2004) [Outside Link], Associated Press: State road plan would widen three interstates (Feb. 20, 2004) [Outside Link]

Jefferson County: Courier-Journal: Project to widen Bashford Manor Lane is delayed (Feb. 20, 2004) [Outside Link], Courier-Journal: Fletcher taps $118 million for bridges (Feb. 18, 2004) [Outside Link]

Northern Kentucky: Cincinnati Enquirer: Boone in line for road work (Feb. 16, 2004) [Outside Link], Cincinnati Post: Brent Spence not on Ky. road map (Feb. 14, 2004) [Outside Link], Kentucky Post: Top regional concerns are yet to be addressed (Feb. 18, 2004) [Outside Link], Cincinnati Enquirer: 6-year road plan presented (Feb. 19, 2004) [Outside Link], Cincinnati Enquirer: Bridge not on list of projects (Feb. 19, 2004) [Outside Link], Kentucky Post: $40M targeted for region's roads (Feb. 19, 2004) [Outside Link]

Daviess County: Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer: Expressway extension gets a green light (Feb. 19, 2004) [Outside Link] (free registration required)

Warren, Barren, Edmonson Counties: Bowling Green Daily News: Road work in limbo as shortfalls addressed (Feb. 22, 2004) [Outside Link]

Mason, Robertson, and Fleming Counties: Maysville Ledger Independent: State's six-year highway plan includes area projects (Feb. 21, 2004) [Outside Link]

Pulaski County: Somerset Commonwealth Journal: The Six-Year Plan (Feb. 23, 2004) [Outside Link]

Boyd, Carter, Elliot, Greenup, and Lawrence Counties: Ashland Daily Independent: Future road proposals unveiled (Feb. 23, 2004) [Outside Link]

Caldwell County: Princeton Times Leader: Highway plan targets multiple roadways (Feb. 23, 2004) [Outside Link]

Christian County: (Hopkinsville) Kentucky New Era: Group warns that budget ax threatens Christian County highway work (Feb. 24, 2004) [Outside Link]

Webster County: Webster County Journal Enterprise: Webster County projects included in KYs Six-Year Highway Plan (Feb. 25, 2004) [Outside Link]

Union County: Union County Advocate: State highway plan has money for UC (Feb. 25, 2004) [Outside Link]

Simpson County: Franklin Favorite: I-65 will be wider (Feb. 26, 2004) [Outside Link]

Logan County: Russellville News-Democrat & Leader: Logan road projects delayed years (Feb. 27, 2004) [Outside Link]

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Comment posted by Cosmas Russelburg on 13-Jul-2004 11:37AM CDT
I live in Onton,KY(Webster County) on hwy 137...what terrible road! Either a coal mines is being constructed or a loading ramp for one is and the tractors and trailers have destroyed the newly repaired road in 2 days! traffic can't exceed 25 miles per hour because they do not want to damage their vehicles. Pot holes have gotten so bad when driven through the vehicle drags and bounces terribly. I understand there is a budget for these things but please consider having it checked out before a serious accident occurs.
Updated: 13-Jul-2004 11:37AM CDT

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