The two-year road plan, approved on the floor of the Kentucky State Senate and the House of Representatives late Saturday, has been sent to Governor Steve Beshear to be signed into law.
The funds in Warren County will be allocated to the following projects during the next two years:
- Improve Three Springs Road to reduce congestion at intersection with Scottsville Road, $11,030,000;
- West Bogle Road; replace bridge and approaches over RJC Railroad 0.20 Mile Southeast of US-68, $160,000;
- Reconstruct KY-101 from Smiths Grove North to US-31W, $16,330,000;
- Reconstruct KY-185 from North of the Junction with KY-263 near Richardsville (MP 6.29) to the Butler County Line (MP 11.913), $6,130,000;
- Construct Roundabout at US-31W Bypass and Chestnut Street/University, $3.43 million;
- Construction of interchange connecting US-31W to I-65 at mile marker 32 in Warren county, $1,439,839;
- Construction of new I-65 Interchange in Warren County, $31,571,367;
- Kentucky Trimodal Transpark, $5,250,000;
- Four-lane US-68, US-31W to Transpark entrance on US-68, Kentucky, $1,967,856;
- Reconstruct I-65/US-231 (Scottsville Road) Interchange at Bowling Green, $15,050,000;
- Widen Cumberland Trace from US-231 to 1.4 mile North of US-231, $4,330,000;
- Bowling Green-Franklin Road; widen US 31W West of the Natcher Parkway to Dillard road, $14,180,000;
- Surfacing for the extension of William H. Natcher Parkway to US-231 at Dye Ford road, $13 million;
- Western Kentucky University (WKU) – Community Bikeway project. Construction of 4.5 miles of bicycle and pedestrian paths to connect WKU Campus with recreational facilities, businesses, and local public schools, $950,000, and
- Construct North extension of Hennesey Parkway (I-66) from I-65 to Natcher Parkway to complete the bypass, $500,000.
"The economic benefits of these projects will generate employment across Kentucky," Senator Reynolds said. "These projects will reopen the rock quarries and blacktop plants and cause construction companies to buy or lease equipment to do the work, which in turn will create a need for tires, fuel, drainage pipes, and other materials and supplies necessary to develop roads. Highway construction requires enormous manpower, equipment and materials and that impacts a lot of people,"
“This plan is more than an investment in our roads'" added Reynolds. "Its tentacles will reach into our communities to stimulate the economy. Funds appropriated for road construction will have a trickle down effect. A construction worker who gets a paycheck on Friday will spend it. Taxes will be generated that will help fund education and human services."
"This development will go a long way toward improving our roads, but more importantly," said Reynolds, "it will greatly boost the economy and allow family life to come back together. This plan will improve life for all Kentuckians," Senator Reynolds explained. "These investments in our roads are investments in economic development and in the future of the Commonwealth."
Senator Reynolds represents the 32nd district, which includes Butler and Warren counties.