The Bluegrass Pipeline is a project that would extend current pipelines and transport natural gas liquids across 13 new counties in Kentucky. These counties are: Breckinridge, Hardin, Larue, Nelson, Anderson, Woodford, Franklin, Scott, Owen, Harrison, Grant, Pendleton, and Bracken. Representatives from the Bluegrass Pipeline, Co. are currently making offers to acquire easements to run the pipeline through Kentucky.
At this time it is unclear whether the pipeline company has the power of eminent domain to acquire the necessary easements to run the pipeline. A declaratory judgment was recently filed in Franklin Circuit Court by Kentuckians United to Restrain Eminent Domain Inc. (KURE) to determine the pipeline company’s right to condemn property.
The East Nicholasville Bypass Project is a new 8 mile 4-lane bypass in the city of Nicholasville, KY which will cost over $100 million dollars. The new Bypass will start at U.S. 27 Bypass and end at US 27 South (crossing over KY 169 and KY 39). The Bypass will help reduce traffic congestion in downtown Nicholasville allowing commuters to “bypass” the city. According to the City of Nicholasville, more than 24,000 vehicles per day travel downtown between KY 39 and KY 169. Land acquisitions are underway now with construction proposed to start in 2015.
Interstate 75/71 interchange with KY 536 (Mt. Zion Road) in Boone County, KY will undergo massive reconstruction. The project involves reconstructing the interchange in a double crossover diamond format (DCD) as well as widening Mt. Zion Road. This area has been suffering from traffic congestion for more than a decade due to population growth and I-75 becoming a major transportation route. This $35 million dollar project will help alleviate this congestion. Property acquisition has begun and construction will start in 2016.
The KY 9 Reconstruction Project will relocate 1.5 miles of KY 9 starting at Lowell Street and ending at the Taylor-Southgate Bridge. There will be two roundabouts along the route, one at the Fourth Street Bridge and the other at the Taylor-Southgate Bridge. Property acquisitions have started and construction is anticipated to begin late spring of 2014. Once completed, commuters will have quicker access to Newport, Covington, and Cincinnati.
The New Circle Road Widening Project is an $80 million dollar project located in Lexington, Kentucky. The project involves widening New Circle Road (Versailles Road to Georgetown Road) from four lanes to six lanes. The widening will also include a cross-over diamond interchange on Leestown Road. Construction is anticipated to begin in late 2014.
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