The southern bypass will finally be built as the bid to build the final portion of the road was awarded this week to Scotty’s Contracting and Stone.
The road will cost $12,824,638.69, which is more than $3 million less than the estimates given to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet by the engineers working on the project.
“This project represents the last remaining section of the Russellville bypass and has been many years in the making,” said Greg Meredith, chief district engineer, of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 3 Office in Bowling Green. “This loop around the city will provide safety and mobility enhancements for all the citizens of Logan and surrounding Counties, particularly in terms of truck traffic. This is likely the most significant highway project in Logan County since the widening of US 68/80 and one that will have a lasting impact on the future of the community.”
The project is scheduled to be completed late fall of 2017. Construction will not likely begin until the spring of 2016.
“There is not a set schedule yet since the project was just awarded, but most likely construction will be start when winter ends,” said Wes Watt, Public Information Officer for the KTC. “There might be some light work or utility work that could take place between now and then, however.”
This southern bypass section is from US 79 to KY 100 and will be approximately 4.5 miles long. The roadway will feature two lanes with turning lanes at the intersections. Right-of-way was acquired for an ultimate four-lane divided highway for future build when the need arises.
“I am so pleased that the Russellville Southern Bypass will be complete,” said Martha Jane King, the state representative for Logan County. “It is so important to reroute trucks away from Russellville High School and our downtown historic district.”
The Russellville bypass began with the first section which connected US 79 west to US 431 north that let out to bid in 1991. The second section let out to bid in 1994 connected US 431 north to US 68 east and the first two-lane section of the southern bypass from KY 100 to US 68 east was let in 2010.
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