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I-66 and Other Southern Kentucky Projects in Committee Version of House Transportation Appropriations Bill; I-66 Public Meeting Held in Somerset
Posted: 29-Jul-2003 4:39AM CDT

A public meeting for I-66 planning in Pulaski and Laurel Counties brought out several anti-I-66 groups. The Transportation Cabinet is conducting a study to determine the route for I-66 between London and Somerset. This will replace the two-lane KY 80, the current major east-west corridor in the region.

Meanwhile, U.S. Congressman Hal Rogers has used his position on the transportation appropriations subcommittee to have money for Southern Kentucky road projects included a draft version of the Fiscal Year 2004 Transportation Appropriations Committee. The money includes $4.5 million for continuing work on designing I-66 in Pulaski and Laurel Counties, $2 million for I-66 in Pike County, $2 million to improve US 27 north of Somerset, $1.5 million for widening I-75 in Rockcastle County, and $1 million to fund the reconstruction of the Hal Rogers Parkway between mileposts 33 and 47 in Leslie County.

More information: Somerset Commonwealth Journal: Controversial Corridor (July 28, 2003) [Outside Link], Somerset Commonwealth Journal: Federal Funding (July 18, 2003) [Outside Link]

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Comment posted by Danny Lewis on 29-Jul-2003 11:52PM CDT
All I have to say is: more money to US 27! I think they should expand US 27 before they work on I-66... but that's just my opinion
Comment posted by Don S. on 23-Mar-2004 11:53AM CST
US 27 is already 6 lanes from the Cumberland PKWY almost to Burnside, with a whopping 28 stoplights along a 6 mile stretch. More money should be spent on alleviating traffic along 27 instead of further widening it.
Updated: 23-Mar-2004 11:53AM CST

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