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Looks like alternative routes may be best as Highway 44 looks bleak

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Our Views

 When candidates running for office come to your door, it appears one line won’t be used.

“I will work to get Highway 44 fixed.”

If you listened to state Sen. Paul Hornback and state Rep. Linda Belcher, the future of widening the busy east-west connector is bleak, at best.

The biggest concern on the project is the right-of-way acquisitions. Over the years, many homes and businesses have been built close to the road and acquiring the property is costly.

While we don’t know if there is any validity in the comment, years ago, it was stated that the state didn’t want to try a condemnation suit in Bullitt County because of the high awards given by juries.

So what happens if the only improvements along Highway 44 are the three intersection projects?

You look for alternate routes.

Belcher said that the GoBullitt.com study conducted for KIPDA had several alternate routes. These alternate routes include a bridge over Salt River to connect Highway 44 and Cedar Grove Road.

With the price tag for improving and widening all of Highway 44 much too high, the county should look at alternative routes. 

It will just be strange during the next election cycle for the topic of Highway 44 to be a much less important issue. Of course, until something else is done, you can keep pushing for the improvements. We just believe that is effort that shouldn’t be wasted.