“One big issue in the six-year plan is the bridge over Lake Barkley,” Humphries said referring to the Highway 68/80 span. “Another is the four-lane road back to Cadiz. We’re glad to see they’ve added some additional funding to the bridge, even if they have pushed the projects back to a later starting date.”
The six-year plan includes five projects within Trigg County. The Barkley bridge includes two projects; one with design, utility work and construction, the second provides additional funding for design and construction. The state allotted $11.5 million to the design in 2008-2009, $500,000 to the utility work, and a total of $132 million to construction in 2011 and 2012.
For the Highway 68 project, the state has outlined three projects, a $23.59 million project for one mile west of Pete Light Springs Road to be constructed in 2013, from Pete-Light Springs Road to the bypass for $23.27 million also in 2013, and 3.1 miles west of the Lake Barkley Bridge in 2011 for $20.6 million.
The Kentucky Lake Bridge falls into the Marshal County plan and includes a total of $170 million for the construction phase. The plan estimates construction to take place in 2012 and 2013.
Kentucky Highway Department Spokesman Keith Todd said, “The plan includes the design and selection process and budgets for active design work for this year.” He added that projects in succeeding years have not yet been budgeted by the state, though the dates listed are when the projects are scheduled to be funded and work to begin.
Todd said that the Highway Department funds projects primarily with funds from gasoline taxes and would not be significantly reduced due to cuts in items funded from the state’s general fund. “We’ve been asked to hold down our spending and make appropriate cuts as all state departments have been asked to cut spending by three percent.” He said that these projects in the road plan would not be affected.
“We thought that the four lane might start in 2010 or 2011,” said Humphries, but it has been pushed back to 2013, at the end of the plan. We’re hopeful we get the money for design work and can begin construction to expedite the four lane Highway 68, but are glad for additional funds.”
Representative Melvin Henley (D- Dist 5) said, “Since there is no money in the budget, projects obligated for fiscal year 2008 and 2009 have been pushed back to Fiscal year 2010. Looking at the early letterings, we’ll be in the red for 2009.”
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