Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
Governor Fletcher, Transportation Officials Award $18.7 Million Project in Taylor County

Press Release Date:  Friday, February 16, 2007  
Contact Information:  Jodi Whitaker

Mark Brown

Project will initiate Hartland Parkway corridor

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet are delivering on the commitment to provide a safe and reliable highway network throughout Kentucky. An $18.7 million contract has been awarded to widen KY 210 and KY 55 in Campbellsville, initiating construction of the Heartland Parkway in Taylor County.

“Campbellsville and Taylor County is a vibrant area that continues to grow and prosper,” said Governor Ernie Fletcher. “Widening the connector and KY 55 will help reduce congestion and facilitate traffic flow through the area, increasing opportunity and quality of life for local residents. The infrastructure improvements we make help us build stronger communities.” 

The design/build contract totals $18,727,441.97. The innovative design/build approach allows different phases of the project, such as design and construction, to continue simultaneously, and facilitates quicker project completion.

“This is an important step toward making the Heartland Parkway a reality,” said Sen. Dan Kelly (R-Springfield).  “We must work together to ensure that Kentucky has a modern highway network that leads to new jobs and opportunities.  I appreciate the Governor’s strong commitment to enhance the transportation infrastructure and improve the quality of life for the residents of Taylor County.”

“I am very pleased with this announcement and want to thank Governor Fletcher,” stated Rep. Russ Mobley (R-Campbellsville).  “With the strong growth of commerce in this area, it is very timely and will help lessen the growing congestion on our roads."

The project includes widening KY 210 (commonly called the Campbellsville Connector) to five lanes from U.S. 68 to KY 3350 (North Bypass).  The contract will also break ground on a portion of the Heartland Parkway in Taylor County, widening KY 55 to five lanes from KY 1625 to U.S. 68.  Construction is expected to begin in the spring.

“Governor Fletcher’s vision of highway infrastructure improvements will pave the way for economic opportunities for decades to come,” said Transportation Cabinet Secretary Bill Nighbert.  “Investments like the development of the Heartland Parkway offer improved access to regional assets and underscore the Governor’s commitment to build a highway network that meets our future transportation needs.”

Another portion of the future Heartland Parkway is also in the fast lane for completion.  The $22.5 million Columbia Bypass project is expected to be awarded for construction this spring.  When completed, the Heartland Parkway will connect the Cumberland Parkway at Columbia with the Bluegrass Parkway in Washington County.