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Gov. Bevin Announces $26.1m, 2019 construction project to complete U.S. 460 Bypass in Georgetown

Gov. Matt Bevin joined Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) Secretary Greg Thomas and local legislators at the Scott County Courthouse to announce construction plans for the remaining portion of U.S. 460 bypass in Georgetown.

Gov. Bevin

Sen. Damon Thayer (R-Georgetown), Rep. Phillip Pratt (R-Georgetown), Rep. Mark Hart (R-Falmouth), and local officials joined the Governor to celebrate the planned five-mile extension of the Georgetown Northwest Bypass that will close the loop around the city and provide a faster, more efficient route for commuters and school buses.

“This highly-anticipated project is an important $26.1 million investment for the Georgetown community that will improve the daily commute of travelers and unlock opportunities for businesses looking to build near the completed roadway,” said Gov. Bevin.  “Building and maintaining strong infrastructure is an essential function of government, and the completed bypass will further economic growth in the Scott County area.”

The highway will be constructed as a two-lane bypass with paved shoulders from Long Lick Pike (KY 32) to I-75. Once complete, initial traffic volumes are estimated to be 8,000 vehicles per day, increasing to 12,000 vehicles per day by 2036. A completed bypass is necessary to accommodate the level of vehicle traffic projected in the area and to improve access to a new high school and recreational sites currently under construction.

Georgetown Bypass (courtesy of KYTC). Click to enlarge.

The project allows traffic approaching Georgetown from any direction to bypass city traffic congestion and access the interstate from the north end of town.

“This project has been a long time coming for the people of Georgetown, and we’re grateful for Gov. Bevin’s leadership and the strong support from Scott County legislators to prioritize funding in the Highway Plan for the bypass completion,” said Thomas.

Construction on the first section of the U.S. 460 north bypass began in the summer of 2013 and ended in July 2014. This 2.6-mile section created a four-lane roadway on U.S. 460 just west of the city of Georgetown that extends to the KY 32 intersection in the northern part of the city.

A new four-span bridge crossing over North Elkhorn Creek was also built during the project. Since then, progress stalled due to limited transportation funding. At a cost of $16.6 million, legislative support was essential for prioritizing and funding the project in the Cabinet’s Highway Plan.

Access to the bypass will be provided by at-grade intersections that include Long Lick Pike, Burton Pike and Cincinnati Road (U.S. 25). The contract will be awarded in December and construction will begin in spring 2019.

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  1. Deborah Jackson says:

    Wonderful Wonderful Amen Will help the community out in so many was.

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