Local/Regional News
3:51 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

I-75 Connector Proposals Narrowed To Four

NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. - The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has narrowed eight possible “zones” for the I-75 Connector project down to four. The studies, also referred to as “preliminary designs,” will be considered alongside a “No-Build” option.

Though the Cabinet takes a neutral stance on the project, Robert Nunley, a branch manager of project development with the cabinet, says a roadway between US-27 in Jessamine County and I-75 in Madison County would have clear benefits for those traveling between the communities.

"From a regional transportation perspective, it would make sense to have more east-west connectivity from your major north-south routes to other north-south routes," he says.

Still many who live along or near the proposed routes have expressed strong opposition to the plans. Liz Hobson is with a group calling themselves the “disconnectors.”

"There are four options and all of them are equally disastrous for both the environment, the historical resources, and the economy, and so we really don't choose one over the other because all of them are equally ill-advised choices," she says.

Nunley stresses that no decisions have been made and a great deal of study, especially of the potential environmental impact, lies ahead for planners.