Governor Steve Beshear announced plans Monday for a major road project in Jessamine County. The long-awaited project has been on hold for years.
The city of Nicholasville, like many in the region, has grown considerably over the years. Along with growth comes increased traffic. Governor Beshear says work on a remedy could begin this fall. "After years of planning and talking, we're finally going to build the east Nicholasville Bypass," said Beshear.
The seven and a half mile, four lane project is scheduled to be built in three sections. Rob Sprague, with state transportation says it should significantly ease traffic congestion. "We're predicting it will basically split the traffic that's on the west side and the east side," Sprague said. "So, about half of it will come around the west side and half of it around the east side."
Funding for the second and third phases has not been finalized. Sprague says those decisions rest with the general assembly. "I'm thinking that we'll probably get the money, at least for the second section," he said. "For the third section too, that $38 million is pretty good sized construction project."
Governor Beshear says safety is a key component of the east Nicholasville Bypass, but it will also enhance the area's economic development.