Thursday, March 5, 2009

I-64/ I-65 Corridor Gets Stimulus Funding

The I-65/ I-64 Corridor (U.S. 60 bypass extension project) will receive a $35.65 million boost of federal stimulus dollars that will allow construction to begin in less than a year under the proposed state road plan presented to House members Thursday.

The money would be available this fiscal year and the next to begin construction on the project from U.S. 60 to Kentucky 54 and providing access to the new Owensboro Medical Health System hospital planned on Daniels Lane.

The project was part of a total plan to spend $1.2 billion statewide through the end of next fiscal year on road projects using state and federal road funds, roughly $400 million in federal stimulus dollars and issuing a total of $400 million in new road bonds. 

The project will create a new north-south corridor will have a significant economic impact for the future growth of the region.   The U.S. 60 By Pass extension is part of a much bigger transportation picture that connects Interstate 64 in Spencer County, Indiana via US 231 with Interstate 65 via the Natcher Parkway in Bowling Green.   

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