Nineteen projects in the Pennyrile region have been recommended for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet's Six-Year Highway Plan through fiscal year 2024, Regional Planning Coordinator Craig Morris said Monday during a board of directors meeting at the Pennyrile Area Development District.

Morris said the district's regional transportation committee met a few weeks ago. Working in conjunction with the state transportation cabinet, the committee completed the Strategic Highway Investment Formula for Tomorrow, the state's prioritization process that helps allocate transportation funds in Kentucky.

That process resulted in the 19 projects recommended for improvements.

On the list are five projects in Christian County, including reconstruction from Little River Bridge to Sanderson Road, from Kentucky 380 to Jerry Claiborne Way, from Kentucky 1007 to Kentucky 164 (Newstead Road) and from Sterling Drive to Gary Lane as well as a new interchange at Kentucky 107 and Interstate 24.

The Little River Bridge project will incorporate a new connector from Sanderson Road to the Kentucky 1682 bypass, according to the list of projects.

Christian County also picked up a project provided by Trigg County, i.e., the widening of U.S. 68/80 from Kentucky 1007 to the U.S. 68 bypass in Hopkinsville, and the county has a project in the Clarksville metropolitan planning organization.

Todd County has one project in the plan, and that is the widening of U.S. 79 from mile markers zero to three, for a total of three miles along the roadway.

Morris noted that the 19 projects are not ones that have been recommended for funding but are, rather, projects that have been submitted from the region.

They've been selected, ranked and scored for consideration in the state plan; Morris said the projects are assigned points based on variables such as accidents.

Additionally, he spoke about the state's Bridging Kentucky program that was created last year to address a backlog of bridges needing repair or replacement.

"Weight limits is one of the big issues driving this," said Morris, who noted, for example, that a 17-ton school bus can't pass over a bridge with a 12-ton weight limit.

A tentative schedule of bridges in the Pennyrile slated for work in 2019-2020 includes two currently under construction in Christian County, those being bridges on Millbrooke Drive over the North Fork of Little River and at U.S. 41 over the North Fork of Little River.

Work on three other Christian County bridges is under development for the current year, one at Kentucky 189 over the branch of Buck Fork, another at Substation Road over the CSX Railroad and a third at Walnut Street over the CSX Railroad.

In Todd County, bridges at Rattlesnake Road over Buck Fork and at the Roger Q. Mill Road over the Red River West Fork Branch are under construction, while a bridge at Kentucky 139 over Burge Creek is under construction in Trigg County.

A second Trigg County bridge at the Hall Cemetery Road overs Dyers Creek is being screened for work in the 2019-2020 fiscal year.

All of the projects except two are replacements; both the Kentucky 139 project in Trigg County and the U.S. 41 project in Christian County are rehabilitation-super replacements, according to a list of Bridging Kentucky projects.

That list also includes seven bridges in Christian County, two in Todd County and four in Trigg County slated to be addressed in the fiscal years from 2021 to 2024.

In other business

•PADD Board Treasurer Hollis Alexander presented a financial report that he said is at a little more than 7% for July, the first month of the new fiscal year.

•Amanda Stokes, aging planner for the district's Area Agency on Aging and Independent Living, announced that the 33rd annual Pennyrile Senior Games is slated for Sept. 16-18 at the Planters Bank-Jennie Stuart Sportsplex. Kicking off at 7 a.m. each day, the event is open to residents of the region age 50 and older.

•Partnership Specialist Kisha Jeffrey Mische of the U.S. Census Bureau spoke about the importance of completing the 2020 census; she said the forms may be completed through the mail, by telephone and, for the first time, online.

•Mische also noted that the U.S. Census Bureau is seeking employees. Anyone interested in one of the census jobs may email kisha.jeffrey.mische@census.gov.

•Holly Scoville spoke about the KentuckyWired Middle Mile Project, noting that Kentucky, with 3,400 miles of fiber optic cable slated to be installed, will be the first state with the cable across all of its 120 counties when the project is done. She said 90% of the cables are being installed above ground on existing poles.

Reach Tonya S. Grace at 270-887-3240 or tgrace@kentuckynewera.com.

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