Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
Governor Fletcher Announces $26.1 Million Bypass Project in Shelby County

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, May 10, 2006  
Contact Information:  Brett Hall
Jodi Whitaker
Troy Body

Doug Hogan

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Governor Ernie Fletcher joined Transportation Cabinet officials and community leaders today to officially announce a northern bypass around the city of Shelbyville. This new four-lane route will improve traffic flow and provide opportunities for economic development in Shelby County.

“We know good roads lead to good jobs. My administration has made new roads a priority throughout the commonwealth,” said Governor Ernie Fletcher.  “This new bypass is the first step towards improving economic development and quality of life.”

The $26.1 million project extends north from the intersection of US 60W and KY 55, crosses KY 53 near Shelby County West Middle School and reconnects with KY 55 just south of Bellvue Road.  The entire length of the new route is 4.5 miles.

Transportation Cabinet Secretary Bill Nighbert told the crowd at today’s ceremony that moving forward on projects like the Shelbyville Bypass highlights our efforts to enhance mobility across the state for residents and motorists visiting Kentucky.

“We know this bypass is a priority in the community," said Secretary Nighbert.  “With the commitment of elected officials and the Fletcher administration, we are taking this road from design to reality through the use of state funds.”

Today’s event was attended by several elected officials on the state and local level as well as many other community leaders.

“The bypass has been a long time coming and I along with a lot of other people am excited about this road,” said Senator Gary Tapp (R-Waddy).  “The bypass will be named Freedom’s Way in honor of our veterans and those currently serving our county.” 

“This road will serve a dual purpose for improving Shelby County,” said State Representative Brad Montell (R-Shelbyville).  “It will help promote economic development while at the same time cutting down on traffic congestion in Shelbyville.”

The new bypass will have a five-lane section from US 60 to Harrington Mill Pike.  The center turn lane on this section will provide greater access for the industrial area.  From Harrington Mill Pike to KY 55, the roadway will be four lanes divided by a depressed grass median.  Traffic signals will be installed at the intersections with KY 53 and KY 55N.

“The citizens of Shelbyville look forward to the bypass, to help alleviate our traffic concerns,” said Tom Hardesty, Mayor of Shelbyville.  “We want to express our appreciation for all the help from the Fletcher administration and Kentucky Transportation Cabinet for making this project possible.”

“After many years of hearing about and discussing the proposed bypass, we are nearing a reality,” said Rob Rothenburger, Shelby County Judge-Executive.  “The new bypass will afford the residents of Shelby and surrounding counties the opportunity to avoid traffic delays during the peak times and make more efficient use of their time.”

Kay and Kay Construction of London, KY., will perform the construction work which is scheduled to begin later this month.  The estimated completion date of the new route is the fall of 2009.