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Two-year road plan has flavor of Senate version

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By Thomas Barr

FRANKFORT -- The road plan approved by the state General Assembly for Bullitt County will have a distinctly different look than one recommended by the governor in January.

As the session came to a close, legislators in both chambers were able to agree upon a compromise road plan.

In that plan, over $61 million in projects would be slated for Bullitt County over the course of the next three fiscal years.

Work on immediate improvements on Highway 44 continues to be in the road plan budget.

The improvements at the Armstrong Lane intersection are already underway. For the 2014 fiscal year, the state lawmakers placed $1.2 million in the budget for construction.

At Bogard Lane, utility relocation would be funded at $1.28 million this fiscal year with another $1.28 million for construction in the 2015 fiscal year.

The improvements at Bells Mill Road would include $880,000 for utility relocation in the 2014 budget with $1.02 million in construction for the following year.

But added to the road plan is the design work to widen Highway 44 to five lanes.

A total of $3 million has been placed in the plan for the 2015 fiscal year. No other money is appropriated for the 2016 fiscal year.

Money remains in the road plan for a pair of projects on Highway 61.

Major widening on the final two stages of Highway 61 is planned for construction in the 2015 fiscal year. The two projects have almost $34 million for the work to be completed.

Currently, work is underway on the section from John Harper Highway to Ruhl Acres.

Work is still in the plans for the 2014 cycle to do reconstruction on Highway 44 East from the bypass two miles to the east.

A total of $890,000 is set aside in 2014 for right-of-way acquisition and another $1.09 million for utility relocation.

No money has been designated for actual construction.

Still in the plans will be a widening of Cedar Grove Road from the elementary school to Valley View Drive.

Also included in that project is improvements on the Interstate 65 interchange at Cedar Grove Road.

Lawmakers put $250,000 in the budget for right-of-way acqrrouisition and $1 million for utility relocation in 2014. The following year would have $7 million set aside for construction.

A sidewalk is in the plans for the north side of Highway 44 East. The sidewalks would be from Fisher Lane to Mount Washington Elementary.

The project, which is to be completed in the 2014 fiscal year, would cost $450,000.

A bridge replacement is slated for Highway 61 over Barley Creek, just north of Belmont Road. The work is due to deficiencies in the current structure.

Right-of-way acquisition and utility relocation would be done in 2014 at a cost of $220,000. Construction, at a cost of $230,000, would be done in 2015.

Design work would be done on two new routes.

One would be to connect Cedar Grove Road with Highway 44 and would involve a bridge over Salt River. In 2015, $3 million will be set aside for design work.

Another design project would be to fine a route northwest of Mount Washington to connect with Bardstown Road. Next year, $1 million would be set aside for the design study.

No money for construction has been set aside for either project.

Another new addition is the construction of sound barriers on the west side of Interstate 65 just north of the Exit 117 interchange.

A total of $2 million in construction money would be set aside in 2015 for the .4-mile stretch of barriers.

(In the past, requests had been made for sound barriers on the east side of the interstate near Bullitt Central High School and the adjoining residential properties. The west side would be along the commercial properties on Conestoga Parkway.)

The county would also be appropriated $1 million in both 2014 and 2015 for various safety projects.