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Thu April 17, 2014
Ky. Road Plan Includes $368M for Jackson Purchase
UPDATED: 3:10 p.m.
The six-year Kentucky road plan that awaits Gov. Steve Beshear’s signature contains more than $368 million in funding for projects in the Jackson Purchase.
The plan, approved by state lawmakers earlier this week, includes more than $175 million in funding for McCracken County projects alone. Those include a major widening of U.S. 62, a new I-24 interchange at KY 994 and a new access road from KY 305 to the Ohio River Megapark.
Calloway County will receive $9.3 million for safety improvements to 16th street on the campus of Murray State University – most of that allotted for fiscal year 2018.
MSU chief facilities officer Kim Oatman said even though the $9.3 million figure represents the high end of projections of an elevated roadway/pedestrian underpass combination, the cost and final design of the project might change over the next couple years. He said the initial $800,000 in funding - set to kick in at the beginning of fiscal year 2015 - will be used in a lengthy design phase that will include selecting an engineer and public hearings.
Additional funding in Calloway County will go toward the construction of a roundabout at the "five points" intersection and a major widening of U.S. 641 from Murray to the Tennessee state line.
Marshall County will receive more than $64 million under the plan, most of that going to I-69 Corridor improvements to the Julian M. Carroll Purchase Parkway.
Just outside the Purchase, Trigg County will receive $222 million over the next three fiscal years, mostly toward the construction of a new bridge over Lake Barkley.
The six-year road plan consists of House Bill 237 outlining the first years of the plan, with House Joint Resolution 62 making up the latter four years.