Many Local Projects in Governor's Proposed Highways Budget
Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear has sent the General Assembly the Recommended Highway Plan that if enacted would give nearly $7 billion of state and federal funding to road projects across the Commonwealth.
Kentucky Transportation Cabinet spokesperson Keith Todd said the agency will wait for the General Assembly to approve the plans for the two year road budget.
“Whatever the legislature passes is what provides us with direction for the coming two years. Usually they’ll make some tweaks,” he said.
Projects in Calloway County Beshear recommended include widening US-641 from the Tennessee state line to Murray, making KY-121 five-lane from US-641 to Coldwater Road and putting a roundabout at Five Points.
The Calloway County Fiscal Court passed a resolution Tuesday night that says the US-641 widening project is the No. 1 roads priority in the county. Calloway Judge-Executive Larry Elkins said the project should be expedited because of safety concerns, and economic potential.
“We chose to take the action we did, when we did, because this thing has been in the planning for years and years and really hasn’t been any movement, realistic movement on it, since 2001-02,” he said.
The resolution will be sent to legislators for consideration as the governor's budget receives line-by-line scrutiny.
Other major projects include the 68/80 Land Between the Lakes bridges and improvements to the I-69 corridor. The full report is available at KYTC’s website.