Rotary 12 6MADISONVILLE, Ky. (12/6/17) — In a recent presentation to the Madisonville Rotary Club, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 2 Chief Engineer Wade Clements was optimistic that three major highway projects in Hopkins County would receive funding next year.

Highway projects have suffered under severe budget restraints across the state. A program called the “Pause 50” plan was designed to release more road funds.

The three projects were identified through a program called Strategic Highway Investment Formula for Tomorrow (SHIFT). Clements jokingly said that the word “Formula” was added after they looked at that acronym. Under the SHIFT program, various agencies and governments have input on highway needs and priorities.

Ranking high in the formula was the completion of widening U.S. 41-A (Nebo Road), from Arby’s to approximately Wicks Well Road, beyond GE. Also included is the proposed widening of North Main Street in Madisonville, from Hospital Drive north to Duncan’s intersection.

The third project receiving the most support is the proposed widening along Kentucky 281, Island Ford Road, toward Carriage Lane.

Clements said that all three projects would include sidewalks to provide pedestrian safety and encourage walking and cycling.

Clements said that adoption of the recommendations would be dependent on funds available and the priorities of the General Assembly and Gov. Matt Bevin. Currently, there are 1,400 projects across the state on the Six Year Plan; but, there is only funding for 140.

Clements reported the I-69 interchange at Mortons Gap has been completed after two years work. He also mentioned I-69 interchanges with I-24 and Mayfield are slated to be completed next year.

He added that would leave only a small section of I-69 to be completed in Kentucky, which crosses the Ohio River.

“We have studied that,” Clements said. “We must work within the guidelines of NEPA (National Environmental Protection Act), which is a three-year process for the $1.4 billion project.” We must weigh the types of bridges plus the social, environmental and economic impact with every alternative. We are in the middle of the process.”

The company working on the planning also worked on the new bridge at Louisville. Clements explained that the options have been narrowed to three corridors (from the original 5).

“A no-build alternative using the current bridges is not working out real well,” he said.

Clements said the new bridge on 1069 has been completed as well as Midtown Commons Road.

Also, the rest area at Beaver Dam should open in late January. The company that owns Huck’s was the winning bidder, and will operate the rest stop.

Clements is also hopeful for federal funding next year for repaving a portion of I-69 north of Madisonville, and the Pennyrile Parkway, from Nortonville to Hopkinsville.

For more information, visit https://transportation.ky.gov/SHIFT/Pages/default.aspx.

Ron Sanders
SurfKY News

sitelogosm© Copyright 2008 - 2018 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission.

Click here to subscribe to receive daily updates by email.

Most Read This Week...

Feb 21, 2018 21186

UPDATE: Man ID'd from Morning Shooting

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
Feb 17, 2018 13382

Henderson Authorities Investigating Skeletal Remains Found in Woods

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
Feb 21, 2018 8511

Man Residing in Madisonville Accused of Killing Wife in Florence Basement

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
Feb 18, 2018 8442

Black Ice Results in Twin Bridges Closure

by Nick Risley
Feb 19, 2018 7033

Madisonville Man Charged with Breaking into Woman's Home

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
Feb 21, 2018 5425

Crews Responding to Fires in Central City

by SurfKY News
Feb 22, 2018 4789

Flooded Roads Affecting Travel in Southern Hopkins

by SurfKY News
Feb 18, 2018 4206

Ohio County District Court Fines - Feb. 18

by Janice Stone
Feb 23, 2018 3655

Flooding Continues Today, Severe Storms Possible Saturday

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
Feb 21, 2018 3466

Ky. Highway Water Over Road Report — Feb. 21, 2018

by SurfKY News

Most Read This Month

Feb 14, 2018 54865

UPDATE: Man Found Dead in Henderson County ID'd

by Nick Risley
Feb 05, 2018 40657

UPDATE: 5-Year-Old Succumbs to Injuries from Fire

by Rita Dukes Smith, SurfKY News Director

Weather brought to you by

51°
10°
°F | °C
Cloudy
Humidity: 97%
Sat
Thunderstorms
51 | 67
10 | 19
Sun
Scattered Thunderstorms
44 | 66
6 | 18
Mon
Sunny
38 | 61
3 | 16
Tue
Partly Cloudy
38 | 65
3 | 18

Stories Trending Today

shooting 300
Feb 21, 2018 21186

UPDATE: Man ID'd from Morning Shooting

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
Hend County SO car.jpg
Feb 17, 2018 13382

Henderson Authorities Investigating Skeletal Remains Found in Woods

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
Skirmont
Feb 21, 2018 8511

Man Residing in Madisonville Accused of Killing Wife in Florence Basement

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
Hend Black Ice
Feb 18, 2018 8442

Black Ice Results in Twin Bridges Closure

by Nick Risley

Market Report

Market Report brought to you by