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Plans are slowly moving forward to widen Ky. 44 from Oak Tree Way to Elk Creek Road — approximately a one mile stretch of road that runs in front of two local schools — but the project is not expected to be finished until the end of 2015.
The Spencer County Board of Education approved a Kentucky Transportation Cabinet utility relocation lump sum agreement during a special-called October meeting that provided the board $20,000 for relocating fiber optic equipment and cables operated by the board. According to the agreement, the proposed project will “pass under and include certain fiber optic facilities constructed and now maintained by (the board).”
Four thousand of the $20,000 will be for removal of the existing fiber optic cable, while the remaining $16,000 will be for rerouting the cable, according to the agreement. The board has contracted with LG Fiber of Mount Vernon to reroute the existing cables.The work is expected to happen in October, according to Spencer County Schools Chief Information Officer Eric Cecil.
Transportation cabinet spokesperson Andrea Clifford said utility relocations are ongoing for the project and that the Cabinet plans to seek for bids for a construction contract on the project this fall.
“Depending on when the bids come in and getting all the proper contract documents together, construction could begin by the end of the year,” Clifford wrote in an email. “The widening should be completed by the end of 2015.”
Construction was originally slated to begin earlier in 2013, but the project has been delayed. The construction plan includes straightening the sharp curves— also referred to as the S curve — in Ky. 44. The plan also includes the addition of a turning lane at Elk Creek Road and improving the existing turning lane in front of Spencer Middle and Elementary schools. Driving lanes will be widened to 11 feet the entire length of the project.