FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – The state announced plans Friday to complete the final construction segment of KY 30 along the 37-mile corridor that stretches from KY 11 in Booneville to the Hal Rogers Parkway in London.
At the end of August, a contractor will be awarded the project to straighten the 13.5-mile curvy corridor between U.S. 421 in Jackson County to Travellers Rest in Owsley County, reducing the length by 3.5 miles, according to the state.
A shorter, straighter path will mean drive times will be cut in half from 21-counties to 11-minutes. KY 30 is the most direct route from Lee, Jackson and Owsley counties to I-75 south, businesses in London, western Kentucky and Tennessee, according to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.
Work to revamp the entire KY 30 corridor has spanned more than 20-years. When the final section is completed, each driving lane will be one foot wider and feature new eight-feet paved shoulders to safely house disabled vehicles and plowed snow, according to the state.
Costs for the construction phase of this federally-funded project are estimated at $63 million.
KYTC will begin advertising for bids from contractors on August 2, 2019.
The project is expected to be completed by the end of 2022, according to the state.