Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communication Office
Governor Fletcher announces widening of U.S. 62 in Scott County
Project will improve connection between Georgetown and I-64
FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher joined Kentucky Transportation Officials and state and local representatives at Western Elementary School today to announce a project to widen and improve U.S. 62 from I-64 to the U.S. 460 Bypass in Scott County.
“Our highway system is a driving force behind Kentucky’s economic prosperity and flourishing commerce,” said Governor Ernie Fletcher. “This project is an example of the success we can have working together in the spirit of cooperation. This project also underscores my administration’s commitment to providing a safe and reliable transportation system throughout the commonwealth by eliminating a high traffic accident area.”
“This project exemplifies the improvements that the Governor and I want to make in our transportation network,” said Transportation Secretary Bill Nighbert. “This improved section of 62 will provide the citizens of Scott County and the commonwealth with an improved quality of life and increased economic development opportunities. In addition, it will provide for safer and improved access for motorist traveling between I-64 and Georgetown.”
The project will consist of widening U.S. 62 from a two-lane facility to a four-lane facility with paved shoulders. In addition, the “S” curves near I-64 will be corrected thereby eliminating one of the more accident prone areas in the district. With the completion of this project, the 8,600 vehicles per day traveling this route can expect decreased congestion entering and leaving Georgetown as well as a marked improvement in sight distance and safety along the route.
“Through my position on the Senate Transportation Committee and in conjunction with local officials, we were able to push this critical project through the six-year highway plan,” said State Senator Damon Thayer (R-Georgetown). The community has long awaited this highway improvement project, and I am honored to have played a role in bringing it to fruition.”
Transportation officials noted the relevance of this project to the administration’s overall vision.
“This improved highway clearly supports Governor Fletcher’s vision for the cabinet, which is to provide a safe and reliable transportation system that supports Kentucky’s future economic growth,” said Jim Adams, deputy secretary of the Transportation Cabinet. “This highway will provide enormous benefits to the citizens of Scott County.”
Georgetown Mayor Everette Varney told those in attendance at today’s event, “Georgetown is a strong and vibrant community that must have a highway system that can accommodate the growth the city has already experienced. This project is a true community project that will make it easier to move goods and services, and safer for citizens. The city of Georgetown greatly appreciates the support of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and our elected officials in making this project a reality.”
“The citizens of Georgetown and Scott County thank you for supporting this project. These improvements will provide for a much safer and more attractive gateway to the City of Georgetown and will provide for an improved quality of life for all of Scott County,” added Scott County Judge-Executive George Lusby.
Also at the ceremony, State Representative Charlie Hoffman (D-Georgetown) said, “I am extremely proud to represent the people of this community and to have been able to assist in securing the necessary funding to make this project a reality.”
The project has been awarded to Central Rock Mineral Company of Lexington at a cost of $10.8 million dollars. Construction is scheduled to begin this winter with utility relocations.