Familiar road projects for Bullitt County will be considered by General Assembly

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Governor’s Six-Year Road Plan

By Thomas Barr

 FRANKFORT - When Gov. Steve Beshear released his six-year road plan proposal to the General Assembly, there weren’t a whole lot of surprises for Bullitt County projects.

The plan must be approved by the General Assembly and only acts as a guide for projects as many have been on the drawing board for much longer than six years.

One continuing project in Bullitt County is the widening of Highway 61.

The next phase to be constructed during the current year would be from John Harper Highway south to Brooks Run Creek near Bells Mill Road.

The $15.8 million project is expected to begin later this year.

The next phase would be to start at the Bells Mill area and run to Conestoga Parkway in Shepherdsville.

This $13.5 million segment has a construction cycle of 2015.

And the final piece of the work is from Conestoga Parkway to Highway 44 in Shepherdsville.

This $20.1 million segment is also slated for construction in 2015.

The intersection improvements along Highway 44 are again in the plans.

Construction is slated for 2014 at the intersection of Armstrong Lane and Highway 44. A total of $1.2 million has already been set aside for that project.

The intersections at Bogard Lane and Bells Mill Road are both slated for utility relocation during the 2014 construction season. Actual work on the construction of the improved intersections is set for 2015.

A total of $4.4 million has been set aside for the projects.

The governor’s plan also has a reconstruction project from the Mount Washington bypass two miles east.

Right-of-way acquisition and utility relocation is planned for the 2014 fiscal year with $1.9 million set aside for those phases.

Another $8.2 million is set aside for the continued widening of Cedar Grove Road.

The next year would have right-of-way acquisition and utility relocation from Cedar Grove Elementary to Valley View Drive. Also planned is ramp enhancements/turning lane on Highway 480 at Interstate 65.

Construction is not slated until the 2015 cycle.

A project slated to be completed this year will be to install a sidewalk on the north side of Highway 44 from Mount Washington Elementary to Fisher Lane.

The total project is slated to cost $450,000.

Further down the road, a bridge on Highway 61 at Barley Creek is to be replaced.

Right-of-way acquisition and utility relocation are tabbed for this year. Construction is set for the 2016 fiscal year.

The total cost of that project would be $450,000.

A new project on the table is widening Highway 245 from Bernheim Forest to the new community college facility.

The 2-mile stretch which would widen the road and make other improvements is slated for construction during the 2015 season.

The total cost would be $10.5 million.

The community college is in the governor’s budget plan and would be located on the northwest corner of the Highway 245/Interstate 65 interchange.

The county has furnished the property and a separate entity is working on gaining financing. The facility, expected to cost over $24 million, would then be leased on a long-term basis to cover the annual debt service.

Jefferson Community and Technical College has unofficially been tabbed as the higher education institution which would lease space.

Currently, the college is leasing space on Buffalo Run Road.

In addition, the governor’s plan would set aside $2 million to be shared by Bullitt, Oldham and Jefferson counties for normal safety and maintenance issues. That would be split between the 2014 and 2015 budget years.

A plan which does not include Bullitt County but would impact the region would be to widen Interstate 65 to three lanes through Hardin, LaRue and Hart counties.

When completed over the course of four years, I-65 would be three lanes from the Ohio River to the Tennessee border.

That project is estimated to cost $270 million.