yonts c 300FRANKFORT, Ky. (4/17/14) — A total of $3 million to build a connector road between Center Street and Island Ford Drive in Madisonville is included in the next two-year state Road Plan approved by lawmakers on Tuesday, State Rep. Brent Yonts announced today.

“All that has to happen now is to build it,” said Yonts, D-Greenville, who worked with Ershig Properties Inc. of Henderson, the City of Madisonville, state officials, and legislative leaders to push the project through by the 2014 legislative session’s end on Tuesday. The connector will serve the mega-retail venue Mid Town Commons, developed by Ershig Properties Inc., which is expected to bring several new jobs to Hopkins County.

 “The developer (Don Ershig, owner of Ershig Properties) has already paid out of his own pocket much of the cost of development, including donation of the land and payment of more than $1 million for the entrance way,” said Yonts.

“This was the number-one (road) priority indicated to me for Hopkins County, and it can now move forward,” Yonts said.

Yonts said construction of the connector road, which will extend from Center Street in Madisonville to just north of the CSX railroad property, can begin next fiscal year which starts July 1. He said the property for the project has already been deeded by the development company to the city.

The $3 million approved for the project is the same amount that was included in the House version of the two-year Road Plan last month. Yonts said the funds were removed by the Senate earlier in the bill negotiation process but “made it through in the end.”

Yonts said he approached Governor Steve Beshear, Ershig Properties, and Madisonville Mayor David Jackson about seeking state financing for the project last fall. Earlier attempts to get funding for the project, including an early 2013 attempt, were unsuccessful.

Requested funding was eventually scaled back to ensure the project could go through this session, said Yonts.

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