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Meeting to Discuss Proposed Heartland Routes

A meeting has been scheduled for September 4, 2003 at the W.R. Davenport Family Life Center in Columbia to discuss the proposed routes for the Heartland Parkway from the Bluegrass Parkway to Columbia. More information on the meeting is available here: http://www.kytc.state.ky.us/design/publicmeetings/dist4.htm.

Columbia could well be on the way to becoming a major highway hub in the next few years, with several construction projects either in discussion or already underway:


  • the Western Bypass around Columbia*
  • an additional interchange on the Cumberland/Louie B. Nunn parkway for Highway 61 near the intersection of 61/80
  • upgrades to Highway 61's north and south routes*
  • the possibility of construction of the proposed Heartland Parkway, and
  • the possibility of I-66 coming through the county

House Speaker Jody Richards has noted that Highway 61 connections between 1-65 and 1-40 could easily become the third-most-travelled North/South route in KY, after I-65 and I-75.

*For more information on projects noted with a (*), see the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet's Six Year Highway Plan list of projects planned for Adair county.



This story was posted on 2003-08-28 13:51:36
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How many vehicles a day?



2003-09-11 - Columbia, KY - Photo Linda Waggener. CAN YOU GUESS how many vehicles go around the Adair County Courthouse daily? The figure of 28,000 was given to community leaders who attended a recent roads meeting. Judge Jerry Vaughan said the figure seemed totally impossible and was questioned because Campbellsville only shows 17,000 per day. Engineers defended their count and said that Columbia's numbers can be greater due to the lack of bypasses; in Columbia, every vehicle is forced to move onto the square. Looking out the courtroom window in this photo, it just doesn't seem that busy. What do you think?
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