Widening of KY 22 delayed for numerous reasons - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Widening of KY 22 delayed for numerous reasons

Dozens of people packed a hearing asking for answers to a long delayed road construction project.  Frustrated drivers found out budget cuts aren't the only reason the widening of Kentucky 22 is being delayed.

People who travel the stretch of Kentucky 22 east of the Gene Snyder Freeway, can't wait for the bulldozers to start, but it probably won't be anytime soon.  The stretch of roadway between Chamberlain and Murphy Lane has four lanes of roadway that quickly turn into two.

"Two years ago I anticipated the project would we well near completion by this time, but circumstances arise that delay things," said Rep. Bob DeWeese.  Some of the circumstances include right-away-aquisitions and money.

"Kentucky and about every state in the nation right now, is facing some severe budget troubles.  Our road fund has been hit pretty hard," said John Callihan, with the Transportation Cabinet.  Construction costs have risen over 50 percent.  There's also the price of oil and another big and unanticipated delay.

"We need to relocate the utilities.  They are big utility poles, that carry LG&E transmission lines," said Christopher Phillips, a Metro Louisville Engineer.

People are getting nervous, especially many in the business world.  Long-term plans call for a new Norton Health Care facility, a new Worthington Fire station, but a wider road is needed for fire trucks making emergency runs, and the YMCA hopes to expand.

Many had hoped the stretch of roadway would have been finished two years ago, but now it's looking more like 2010.

"It's very frustrating for everyone, for the people in particular, who have to drive this road," said DeWeese.

Many of those in attendance were members of the Northeast Louisville Business Association. Most say it will be well worth the wait, if the project does ever get off the ground.

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