Local/Regional News
2:20 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

Supporters And Opponents Of I-75 Connector To Weigh In Publicly Tonight

NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. - The long-debated I-75 connector project takes one more step toward reality tonight as the first of two public meetings on the plan will be held in Nicholasville.

The construction project aims to connect the East Nicholasville Bypass in Jessamine County and the I-75 Interchange in Madison County.

"These upcoming meetings are the first chance that the public has actually had to voice opinions," says Liz Hobson, who owns 45 acres around Marble Creek in Jessamine County and is active with a group opposed to the project known as the “disconnectors.”

"In truth what effect this actually has I don't know, but I do think it's very important for people to go, whether they're for the road or not for the road or undecided, just to learn more about it and to hear what people say," she says.

Hobson says, while she opposes any plan to build in the corridor, the research conducted to assess the areas in question has yielded valuable results. The firm hired to conduct a study of cultural and historical resources in the area discovered several districts that it says could be eligible for inclusion on the National Historic Register, a development which could affect the design of the proposals.

Supporters of the project say it would improve connectivity in the region as well as traffic safety.