The Kentucky Department of Highways held a public hearing on the project, which is expected to turn the current U.S. 68/80 into a four-lane highway at a cost of some $700 million.
A release from the department early Monday said the U.S. Forest Service and officials from Land Between the Lakes would be present to “talk about the cooperative effort that went into designing a ‘context sensitive’ roadway across LBL and western Trigg County that blends into the character of this unique area.”
Officials have said extensive planning has gone into developing the roadway, especially as it traverses through LBL. The forest service and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have asked that the landscape be maintained as much as possible to preserve the “natural” aspects of the area.
Speculation has said that the two sections – eastbound and westbound – will be as far as one mile apart in certain locations.
The bridges over Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley will also be replaced at a cost of $150 million per bridge. The rest of the funding will be consumed by the construction of the new roadway.
At the meeting Monday evening, over 100 people showed up to see what the project entails and where it will be built.
“I can’t wait until it happens,” Cadiz resident Tammy Warner said.
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