I-75 Connector Meetings Draws Just Under 300

Apr 12, 2013

NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. - Supporters and opponents of the long-discussed I-75 Connector aired their thoughts and concerns Thursday night in Nicholasville.

The connector, which has been controversial since the idea was introduced close to two decades ago, has been touted as a way of making Jessamine County more attractive to industry. That’s the position of proponents such as Wayne Foster, director of the Jessamine County Economic Development Authority.

But others present at Thursday night’s meeting voiced skepticism about the return on investment, many of them wearing red t-shirts reading “Stop the Connector.” They say no matter which route the connector might take, farmland, historic sites, and delicate ecosystems will suffer.

So far eight potential “zones” have been selected for the possible roadway connecting Jessamine and Madison counties. Natasha Lacy with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says Thursday night’s meeting was intended to help whittle that number down.

"All that information will be reviewed and studied by the engineering consultants and also the engineers and that will help them make future determinations for bringing the eight preferred zones to four preferred zones," Lacy says.

About 270 people attended the meeting in Nicholasville. A second public meeting is scheduled for April 16th in Richmond.