“The long-term goal has been to provide a new transportation link that will promote economic growth along the U.S. 68/KY 80 corridor across Kentucky,” Governor Fletcher said. “Today’s announcement is an important step in the completion of a vital economic and transportation link for Western Kentucky. Finishing this route will provide a better connection to the Land-Between-the-Lakes from both the east and the west to better enhance this important tourist attraction. It will also provide a safer and more reliable transportation corridor through the region that will help attract jobs.”
The Governor and Kentucky Secretary of Transportation Bill Nighbert announced the transportation cabinet would speed the move toward construction of 7.5 miles of new four –lane across LBL by using a design-build approach.
“We are preparing the necessary documentation to advertise for a design build contract for the reconstruction of 7.5 miles of U.S. 68 from bridge to bridge through the LBL,” Secretary Nighbert said. “The estimated cost of this highway improvement project is approximately $50 million. KYTC’s goal is to have the design build contract awarded by Spring 2007.”
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet design team has worked closely with the U.S. Forrest Service and the Federal Highway Administration to create a context sensitive design that takes into account the unique area the new road passes through.
“Our goal has been to design a highway specifically with the LBL and surrounding countryside along the route in mind,” said Chief District Engineer Jim LeFevre. “066Through landscaped grass medians, separating opposing lanes with woodland area, use of alternative natural guardrail materials, earthworks shaped to resemble natural landforms, and concrete designed with the appearance of natural stone, we hope to create a roadway that is safe and efficient, as well as sensitive to the unique character of the LBL.”
The route will include a separate hike and bike path from Aurora to Cadiz that runs parallel to the main roadway.
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