Bridge funds part of approved state budget
by Franklin Clark, Reporter --
Apr 25, 2012 | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
After a five-day special session that cost Kentucky taxpayers $50,000 per day, the Kentucky General Assembly passed a transportation budget late on Friday that will fund, among other things, the replacement bridges over Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley and the widening of the U.S. 68/Ky. 80 Bypass.

The Assembly had passed the road plan in regular session but didn’t pass the transportation budget before the regular session ended, prompting the need for a special session.

“I’m … pleased that lawmakers passed a Transportation budget bill, needed for funding necessary projects around the state,” said Governor Steve Beshear. “I placed only two items in the special session call, and the legislature responded by passing both in the shortest possible time.”

The new four-lane bridges along U.S. 68/Ky. 80 would replace the current two-lane bridges, and would be built near the current bridges’ locations at Aurora and Canton. The twin basket handle, tied-arch 550-foot, four-lane spans will include 11-foot lanes, four-foot shoulders and an eight-foot sidewalk and bike path, said Chuck Wolfe of the Governor’s Office.
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