Local/Regional News
3:09 pm
Mon August 13, 2012

U.S. 25 About To Become Wider

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- A project to widen and realign a stretch along US 25 between Lexington and Georgetown has entered a new phase. State officials symbolically broke ground on the expansion Monday morning.

The $16 million dollar project is set to add more lanes to a 2.6-mile stretch of highway just south of Ironworks Pike to Etter Lane in Scott County for a total of four.

"There are thousands and thousands of cars on that road every day and it's going to make the commute much better and safer," said State Senator Damon Thayer, who was on hand for the groundbreaking. He noted that Scott County has seen dramatic population growth in the last decade and Interstate 75, which also connects the two communities, isn’t the fastest route for everyone.

"I think with a growing community like this, having  a major interstate and a widened road like we're going to have is critical."

The next phase, as envisioned in the Kentucky Highway Plan, involves widening three miles south of Ironworks Pike to Spurr Road in Lexington.