Between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. representatives from the Kentucky Department of Highways will be on hand at Lake Barkley State Resort Park to answer questions concerning the proposed design plans for two new bridges over Lake Barkley and Kentucky Lake.
The representatives will distribute handouts on the project, comment sheets and offer displays about the proposed bridges to replace the Eggner’s Ferry and Lawrence Memorial Bridge.
Kentucky Highways Commissioner Marc Williams said, “We’re inviting residents of the Kentucky and Barkley Lakes region to play a part in the design selection of two new bridges. The goal of this process is to balance design options with available funding to develop a cost-effective design that achieves some of what I am sure are local desires for a dynamic gateway that reflects the unique character of the region.”
The design phase of the project will involve the different types of bridges across the lakes which have been included in a massive four lane high way project that will eventually connect I-24 to Murray.
During the presentation the public will be invited to participate in an electronic polling exercise so the state can receive instantaneous response from the various designs which will be presented.
This will be the first of many steps in the project that is expected to take several years prior to actual construction.
“Right now, we are in a phase where we are spending money on design ideas. Once we finish that, we may spend a year for the actual design with an engineer. Public participation is scheduled for right at one year. We hope maybe by spring we will have a feel for the public wants and move forward, said KeithTodd, public information office for the highway department for this district. He added, “It’s not unusual to see a project last for so long. We just finished a process for the design parameters for Highway 60 through the LBL corridor. We worked on that for 13 years and probably had two or three meetings for public input during that time.”
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