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I was in Owensboro back in the spring and that road that intersects the bypass at that at-grade intersection was not yet open to traffic. They are extending the bypass east to go around that developed section of US 60 east of town. Remember that the state gave US 60 inside the two ends of the existing bypass back to the city and routed the US 60 mainline along the bypass.

A new hospital is being built (you can see it on the Google Maps aerials) and it's possible the new route was built to serve the hospital.

Here is the 2012 Recommended Highway Plan in case someone wants some light reading.


This article summarizes the highlights of the plan:

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Notable provisions include:

-Louisville-Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges Project
The governor’s plan funds the project in the next biennium with a combination of federal Interstate Maintenance (IM) and National Highway System (NH) funds and proceeds from previously authorized sales of GARVEE (Grant Anticipated Revenue Vehicle) bonds. IM and NH outlays each would be $25 million per year. GARVEE funds would provide $236 million, most of which would be spent in the coming biennium. In the four “out”  years, FY 2015 through FY 2018, IM and NH outlays would continue at the same annual level, but toll revenue bonds would be sold to produce $846.2 million over the period.

-Mountain Parkway — Widening from Campton to Salyersville
The governor’s plan provides just under $80 million toward the long-awaited four-laning of the parkway through Wolfe, Morgan and Magoffin counties. That includes more than $8.5 million for design, $6.8 million for right of way acquisition and utility relocation and $64.5 million for construction.

-Appalachian Development Highway Corridors
The governor’s plan provides $269.3 million of federal Appalachian Development (APD) funding to complete construction of the U.S. 460 corridor in Pike County. The project involves relocating U.S. 460 from U.S. 23 to the Virginia line. In Letcher County, the governor’s plan provides $152.8 million of APD funds toward completion of the “Valley Floor”  section of the U.S. 119 corridor. The project area extends from Partridge to Oven Fork.

-I-65 — Widening to six lanes
The governor’s plan provides $491.4 million over six years to complete the widening of I-65 in Barren, Hart, LaRue and Hardin counties. When completed, the heavily traveled corridor will be six lanes wide from the Tennessee border to the Ohio River at Louisville.

-Land Between the Lakes Bridges and U.S. 68 widening
The Governor’s plan follows through on a commitment to economic development in western Kentucky by providing $330 million of construction funds for new bridges over Lake Barkley and Kentucky Lake — key elements in the completion of a four-lane corridor from Mayfield to Bowling Green. The plan also provides $75.9 million toward related projects; the widening of U.S. 68 in Trigg County and four-laning of the existing Cadiz bypass.

Following through on the agreement that brought an I-69 designation to western Kentucky, the governor’s plan allocates $146.6 million through 2018 for improvements in the corridor — mainly reconstruction of seven state parkway interchanges to bring them up to interstate highway standards. The interchanges are in Henderson, Webster, Hopkins, Marshall and Graves counties. In October, Beshear and Federal Highway Administrator Victor Mendez unveiled one of the distinctive red, white and blue shields, creating 55 miles of I-69 from a 38-mile section of the Wendell H. Ford Western Kentucky Parkway and 17 miles of the present I-24. I-69 will eventually run from the Ohio River at Henderson to the Tennessee border at Fulton, tracing a portion of I-24 and sections of three state parkways — the Edward T. Breathitt Pennyrile Parkway, the Ford Western Kentucky and Julian Carroll Purchase Parkway.

-Newtown Pike Extension — Lexington
The recommended highway plan provides $41.5 million toward completion of the Newtown Pike Extension Project to Broadway in downtown Lexington. The project will result in a corridor from the University of Kentucky campus to I-64/75, north of Lexington, which will greatly reduce downtown traffic congestion while creating a visually appealing gateway to the city.

-I-71 and I-75 — Northern Kentucky
The recommended highway plan provides $72.6 million toward reconstruction of interchanges at KY 536 (Mount Zion Road) and KY 338 (Richwood Road) in Boone County. It also provides $24.7 million for added auxiliary lanes, both north- and southbound, on a 1.5-mile stretch of I-71/I-75 from Mount Zion Road to U.S. 42. The plan also allocates nearly $119 million through 2018, including $58.8 million through the biennium, toward the project to build a companion bridge to the Brent Spence Bridge, which currently carries I-71 and I-75 over the Ohio River between Covington and Cincinnati.

-KY 15 — Perry County
The governor’s plan provides $78.3 million toward widening 3-and-a-half miles of KY 15 to four lanes from Bonnyman to the Hazard Bypass.

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Stephane Dumas:
I saw also a proposed new corridor between Elizabethtown and Fort Knox on the District 4 map, is it a planned reroute of US-31W?

No, it's additional access to Fort Knox made necessary because of the BRAC proposals (Base Realignment and Closure) that is projected to increase the number of people living and working in the area.

Here's the as enacted plan.

First of all congrats to Kentucky for putting I-65 six lanes project to the forefront. The stretch between E-Town and Bowling Green has been the scene of some horrific cross overs thru the years. Kentucky didn't bite on Scotty's offer but went with pay go. Looks like the final money goes in 2018 with 2020 finishing timeframe. Slow but I see Kentucky's thought pattern.

I-64 widening between Louisville and Lexington took a hit as one stretch fell off (MP 28-32....easily upgradeable...) but they kept a further east bridge widening project.

I-75 has a widening project in Eastern Kentucky (MP 55-69).

Mountain Parkway has their widening on line.

Brent Spence takes a big bite and so does the Louisville Bridges project.

Overall not bad as Kentucky has the two big dogs in BS and LBP eating up hundreds of millions of dollars in funding.


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