A project to replace a bridge over the CSX railroad has fallen on hard times. District Engineer Kevin McClearn told SurfKY News that the quarter-mile-long project upgrade of Kentucky 70 from Main Street (South Walgreens and Hucks) westward to across the railroad has been removed from the Six Year Plan.
McClearn said that the project was in the Six Year Plan long enough to get funding for design, but, it was not funded for right-of-way acquisition, utility relocation or construction.
“We will finish the design and put it on the shelf,” said McClearn. “Projects on the Six Year Plan are dependent on the Kentucky General Assembly. State representatives and senators work very hard to get their projects included. The dollars are very limited.”
McClearn said that he did not know why the project was dropped and that reinstating the project will take some political horse-trading.
He explained that the process of getting road projects funded is complex and involves input from the Transportation Cabinet, law enforcement accident statistics, local government officials and the public.
McClearn said that chamber of commerce led efforts to establish priorities were very helpful and has a huge impact on the process.
“That process of building community consensus helps politicians and transportation officials focus on community needs,” he said. “It also develops public consensus of priorities.”
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