After a barbecue lunch, Trigg County GOP Chairman J.D. Howell introduced the Senator to a crowd of about 20 invited guests. “He’s the chairman of the state Education Committee, and that says a lot about the good Senator,” he said.
Asked by a member of the audience about the progress of the bridge replacement over Lake Barkley and Kentucky Lake, Winters said, “I am frustrated, not with the progress but with the cancelled meeting. One proposal came in so far out of the budget, but two we can afford.”
Winters said that the bridges remain in Kentucky’s Six-Year Road Plan. “If we do not finish the design work, we are moving further behind schedule. I do not want a trussed bridge, but one of the cable suspension designs is not greatly more expensive than that.”
The Senator said that plans to widen Highway 68 from Canton to Cadiz remained feasible, and championed by his office. He pointed to roads in other communities that stopped as improved two-lane thoroughfares. “The public thinks they will be hung because they think that the other side will never be finished. We cannot allow that to happen. When roads have been graded but never surfaced, they face use by four wheelers and horseback riders, and weathering. We have to protect the work that has been done.”
He said that the Canton-to-Cadiz and Cadiz bypass sections of Highway 68 remained priorities and enjoyed an advantage in cost as the State Highway Department already owns the rights-of-way needed.
Winters pledged to continue to support efforts to fund the new Trigg County Senior Center. “I’m involved in a church building project, and the fastest growing population there, and in Trigg County are our senior citizens. Right now, money is tight all over, but be assured that I will do all that I can to make the center a reality for all to enjoy. We want to make sure we have a facility we can be proud of.”
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