Department of Highways, District 11
PREFERRED ALTERNATES SELECTED FOR I-66 Alternate K for Pulaski County and Alternate M for Laurel County

Press Release Date:  Friday, August 03, 2007  
Contact Information:  SANDY RUDDER

Manchester, KY (August 3, 2007)--After more than six years, with careful consideration, engineering and environmental studies and community involvement, the preferred alternate
routes have been selected for the I-66 project extending from I-75 in London to east of Somerset.

Alternate K –Shifted has been selected for the Pulaski County section and Alternate M has been selected for the Laurel County section.

“These alternates utilize a lengthy portion of the existing KY 80 corridor avoiding Shopville and other communities,” said David Beattie, Project Manager for I-66.  “The preferred alternates minimize impacts to the Daniel Boone National Forest and other sensitive environmental areas, therefore balancing the concerns of the communities and impacts to the environment,” said Beattie.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has scheduled two meetings to present the selected alternates to the public.  The first meeting will be held in London at the London Community Center, Monday, August 27, 2007.  The second meeting will be held in Somerset at the Center for Rural Development, Tuesday, August 28, 2007.  Both meetings will be an informal “open house” format between the hours of 6 - 8 PM.   KYTC officials urge all interested citizens to attend these meetings for the “official unveiling” of the selected alternates.

Although preferred alternates have been selected, KYTC notes it is very important for citizens to understand that the Cabinet is still several years away from purchasing property for the project.  “We must complete our archaeological surveys and a biological assessment before we can begin the next phases in the process,” said David Beattie.  “Our consultants will be out in the communities this fall conducting these studies and we hope to have a Record of Decision from the Federal Highway Administration by the winter of 2008, which will allow us to proceed with the next phases.  Once we have the ROD, federal funding is required to continue with the final design phase, right of way acquisition, utility relocations, and finally, construction,”  Beattie added.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and their team of consultants have worked diligently to keep the public informed during this process and believe the best routes have been chosen for these communities and the Commonwealth. 

We encourage all interested parties to attend these meetings for the “Unveiling of the Preferred Alternates Selected for I-66”.