The Kentucky House has approved the 2012-2014 Biennial Highway Construction Plan, which includes 15 projects with a total estimated cost of about $98 million in Warren County.
The bill, which the House passed Friday in Frankfort, still must go through the Senate, and details of the plan probably will have to be hashed out through a conference committee, said Rep. Jody Richards, D-Bowling Green.
“These projects have made the first hurdle,” he said.
The House passed the construction plan along with a bill funding the state Transportation Cabinet operations and projects, and a joint resolution laying out projects for the last four years of the state’s six-year road plan. If the bill were approved in the Senate, funding would be in place for the 2012-14 projects, but not for projects in the last four years of the plan.
Richards said several projects in the bill are good for Bowling Green and Warren County, though he’d like to see other projects added to the list or moved up in the timetable.
“It’s positive, and it’s a good start, but I will be working as others will be to try to enhance the plan a little bit more before it is completed,” he said.
A new interchange on Interstate 65 for the Kentucky Transpark would be a big boon for the area, Richards said. Officials are working on the project in fiscal year 2012 – the current fiscal year, which ends June 30 – and construction is scheduled to begin by the end of the calendar year.
“We’ve been trying to do that for years,” he said.
Richards said he’s pleased that a project to widen Three Springs Road from Flealand toward Scottsville Road and one improving the intersection at Scottsville and Three Springs roads made the list of projects. The intersection improvement is scheduled to start in fiscal year 2012, and the road-widening project is scheduled to start in fiscal year 2013.