MADISONVILLE, Ky. (7/4/14) ― The year 2015 will be challenging for travelers along the three-quarter-mile long street that serves as the gateway to Madisonville Community College and Murray State Madisonville Campus ― College Drive.
The street will receive a total makeover next year, according to District 2 Chief District Engineer Kevin McClearn, P.E. The state intends to let the bid for construction work on College Drive in December. The construction will take most of the year to complete, he said.
In 2008, the project was placed on the Six Year Plan by the Kentucky General Assembly. Unlike most projects on the Six Year Plan that take many years to see funding, the College Drive project received funding in the next budget cycle. For 2010, the project was funded $1,350,000 ― $250,000 for design, $100,000 for right-of-way acquisition and $1,000,000 to relocate utilities.
McClearn said that with the completion of design, right-of-way acquisition, utility relocation and with construction monies allocated, the project can continue to completion.
In January 2011, engineers estimated the cost of the project would be $2,360,000 and would have two 11-foot lanes with an 11-foot center. Engineers have said that the narrower lanes, curbs and curbed center spaces would cause drivers to slow down without lowering the speed limit below its current 45 mph. McClearn did not divulge the total cost estimate now; but, a press conference will be held soon and more details will be announced.
The latest plans call for a three-lane road with about two-thirds of the center being a turn lane and the balance a curbed green. The plan was changed from an original design after significant opposition by local residents. That design considered four- and five-lane options. The latest plan received almost universal acceptance by residents of College Drive. McClearn said only minor changes have been made to the plan unveiled in July 2010. The public will have an opportunity to see the final design at a public announcement to be scheduled.
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