Department of Highways, District 7
Governor Ernie Fletcher Cuts Ribbon to open Winchester Bypass

Press Release Date:  Friday, July 22, 2005  
Contact Information:  David B. Thacker
Information Officer
Kentucky Transportation Cabinet
District Seven



Governor Ernie Fletcher Cuts Ribbon to open Winchester Bypass


New route will provide improved access to I-64


LEXINGTON, KY (July 22, 2005) – Governor Ernie Fletcher joined Kentucky Transportation Officials as well as state and local representatives in celebrating the completion of the new eastern Winchester Bypass today.


“This project exemplifies the improvements I want to make in our transportation network,” said Governor Fletcher.  “The new Winchester Bypass will provide the citizens of Clark County and the Commonwealth with an improved quality of life and increased economic development opportunities.  It provides better connectivity and accessibility to I-64 and proposed future developments in Clark County.”


The bypass will serve as an eastern connector allowing traffic from US 60, KY 15 and KY 89 more efficient access to I-64.  Features of the new route include an increase in the strength of the asphalt and strategic placement of concrete to reduce rutting and provide for future commercial traffic. 


“This new route 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 Bill Nighbert, Acting Transportation Cabinet Secretary.  “This highway will provide enormous benefits to the citizens of Winchester and Clark County.”


The project was constructed by the Allen Company of Winchester at a cost of $10 million dollars and took about two years to complete.