Governor Ernie Fletcher has authorized $ 2,871,000 in funding for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet to proceed with the KY 22 widening project in eastern Jefferson County. This funding will be used for the right-of-way acquisition phase of a project to widen KY 22 to six lanes between Chamberlain Lane and KY 1694. The design phase of this project is complete and right-of-way acquisition can now proceed this spring.
Governor Fletcher said, “By authorizing this money, we are fulfilling my administration’s primary mission to improve economic development and quality of life for the citizens of Kentucky.” This area of KY 22 has seen much growth over the last few years with the construction of The Summitt shopping center, Old Brownsboro Crossing and the Norton Commons development.
“More developments are planned along this section of roadway, thus the need for making these improvements is critical,” stated Secretary Maxwell Clay Bailey. “We want to recognize and thank the Louisville Metro government and the developers for their partnership on this project. By working together, we are providing a safe, reliable transportation system for the residents and motorists in this area.”
The Louisville Metro Department of Public Works funded and performed the design for this project. Metro Public Works will also administer the right-of-way acquisition process for the Transportation Cabinet. The developers dedicated right-of-way and contributed funding towards the development of this project.
After the right-of-way is purchased, the utilities adjacent to this highway must be relocated. Upon completion of these items, a contract can be let for construction with the work costing $4.8 million.
The Transportation Cabinet currently has another project under construction to widen KY 22 to six lanes at Interstate 265. This project also includes the addition of left turn lanes on KY 22 at Chamberlain Lane. Gohmann Asphalt & Construction is performing the work on this section, which is approximately $3 million in construction costs. Work is expected to be complete this summer.