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April 30, 2014

State delays ‘Mean S Curve’ project

Lawmakers kill realignment funds

Nancy —

A bridge renovation project in western Pulaski County has been delayed for a year and realignment of a dangerous curve on Ky. 196 west of Nancy has lost priority funding and won’t be done for at least two years.
Letting of a construction contract for a bridge over Big Clifty Creek on Ky. 1674 at Bethlehem Ridge Road has been delayed until January 15, according to Joe Gossage, branch manager for project development, District 8, Kentucky Department of Highways. He said construction will be done during summer 2015, beginning as soon as the Pulaski County School System closes for summer vacation next year. Ky. 1674 will have to be closed for a period during bridge construction. 
Gossage said the bridge will get new beams, new deck and approaches. The bridge abutments are in good shape, he noted. The project is estimated to cost $450,000.
There is no money now for realignment of Mean S Curve on Ky. 196 at White Oak Creek. Legislators during the recent General Assembly session, removed priority funding for the project.
Mean S Curve, about a mile and a half west of Nancy, is a dangerous stretch of Ky. 196 leading west out of Nancy through Burnetta and to Faubush.
 Helen Walters and her late husband, Ray, before his death, tried for years to get Mean S. Curve straightened. Helen Walters couldn’t be contacted for this story but she said earlier “ ... It’s a mess ... and dangerous, several people have been killed there.”
“They moved waterlines and light poles when (Paul) Patton was governor,” said Helen. Even pieces of the (new) bridge were delivered, she recalled.” Then they stopped ... we  don’t know why.” 
Gossage said taking priority funding status for the project means “ ... it won’t be done this year or next.”
Specifically, the Transportation Cabinet’s designation of the realignment calls for it to extend from one mile east of Warner Road to three-tenths of a mile west of Sievers Road. Total cost estimated in the six-year plan includes $60,000 for right-of-way acquisition, $180,000 to relocate utilities and $820,000 for construction.

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