On Wednesday March 3, 2021 the Bardstown Western Connector Project Team met and selected the Green and Red route combination as the preferred alternate. The preferred alternate was selected based on public and stakeholder input, local government input, property owner impacts, utility impacts, known environmental impacts, geometric constraints, intersection safety, project costs, and more. The full environmental review process will not be completed until Summer 2021, at which time the Project Team will make the official announcement of the selected alternate. Final plan development will take place once the environmental documentation is completed, and the Right of Way acquisition is anticipated to begin in the first half of 2022.
Currently there are few north-south routes on the west side of Bardstown that provide an alternative to traveling through downtown for passenger cars and freight traffic. Traffic forecasts suggest that traffic volumes will continue to increase both downtown and on the west side of Bardstown. To that end, the proposed Western Bardstown Connector Route is needed to improve connectivity and mobility on the west side of town, and to reduce congestion and improve safety in the historic downtown district.
The Western Bardstown Connectivity Study was completed in 2017 to evaluate potential alternatives to improve connectivity on the west side of town. The study recommended the inner corridor closer to town as the preferred option, and identified the segment between KY 245 and US 62 as the priority segment. Based on that recommendation, various options have been developed for the inner corridor and are presented herein as the project area.
Watch the Western Bardstown Connector Public Meeting video above that outlines the preliminary engineering alternatives, as well as potential construction of a shared use path adjacent to the proposed roadway.
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Please provide your feedback by November 18th, 2020.