U.S. Department of Transportation funds to pay for KY-22 repairs
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Construction could begin soon on a busy stretch of road in Louisville that's been closed for over a month -- and the federal government will be footing the bill.
After bids were taken for the project, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet was expecting to pay a repair bill of $729,000 for KY-22 near Goose Creek. Instead, the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration announced on Thursday it would be sending $3 million in emergency relief funds to Kentucky.
"We know how vital this roadway is for motorists in eastern Jefferson County and those commuting from Oldham County,” said Kentucky Transportation Cabinet spokesperson Andrea Clifford. “Our staff has worked diligently to get this project ready for a construction advertisement."
Significant rains in the early part of April caused a culvert that ran under KY-22 to collapse. Most of the $3 million aid will be dedicated to KY-22 and another section of collapsed road in Lee County near Beattyville.
"We are working closely with KYTC to ensure all the repairs are completed," said Acting Federal Highway Administrator Gregory Nadeau. "Getting roads open again and restoring travel will help all those who rely on these roads get back to their normal routine."
Tim Herrell works just down the street from the collapsed section of KY-22. Before the flood waters came, he said it was only a one-mile drive to get home in the afternoon. Now, with detours, he says it's a seven-mile drive.
“It's tough on everybody,” he said. “I'm just surprised by how many people do travel it every day.”
KYTC says that number is somewhere near 12,000. This is why it says it's trying to move as quickly as possible in getting it open. Next week, engineers will meet with the group responsible for construction of the new culvert and roadway to finalize plans. Construction should begin shortly after that meeting.
The roadway is expected to be back open in the early part of August.
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