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Tompkinsville Bypass Road in Monroe Co. opening soon

New road creates a new north-south connection to KY 163

By Wes Watt

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) held a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Tompkinsville Bypass in Monroe County on Thursday. State, local and federal officials gathered outside onsite following social distancing guidelines to celebrate the new road. Rainy weather over the last week has delayed the opening of the road. The new road is expected to open within the next few days.

The Tompkinsville Bypass is an entirely new north-south route connecting two sections of KY 163. The two sections connected are KY 163 Celina Road just south of Tompkinsville to KY 163 Edmonton Road near Radio Station Road.

"Growing up in Glasgow, I visited Tompkinsville often with my grandfather, a country doctor, who was a great friend of Dr. Tim Lee Carter, the longtime congressman from Monroe County," KYTC Secretary Jim Gray said. "Dr. Carter would be proud of this project, and the Transportation Cabinet is especially proud of it today. It will help relieve traffic in the downtown, improve the economy and opportunities in Tompkinsville."

The $28.5 million project relieves traffic congestion, reducing large commercial truck traffic in downtown Tompkinsville. The bypass road also provides greater economic opportunity with improved access to the industrial park and airport.

"The announcement of this new bypass is terrific news for Monroe County," said U.S. Rep. Jamie Comer. "This bypass will improve traveler safety and mobility while helping create new opportunities for economic development in our part of Kentucky."

In addition to relieving congestion and large commercial vehicles in the downtown area, the new road provides more direct access to the eastside medical and emergency health services.

"This is a great investment for Monroe County that will ease traffic congestion and promote safety as it provides more direct access to emergency health services," State Senator David Givens said. "The improved route to the industrial park and airport will certainly provide significant economic support for Kentucky's growing logistics, manufacturing, and shipping industries. I am pleased to see the completion of the Tompkinsville Bypass and appreciate the public contributions made throughout the design process."

The Tompkinsville Bypass is approximately 3.8 miles long featuring two lanes with truck climbing lanes in some areas. The shoulder width is 8-feet with 4-feet paved shoulder. There are also 2.5 miles of approach road improvements with the new route with safety improvements to KY 163 Celina Road.

"The new bypass will be a great asset for Monroe County and we are excited to get it open," Monroe County Judge-Executive Mitchell Page said. "It will cut down on the long-distance heavy truck traffic through our small town and allow for quick and easy access to main roadways. Along with improved safety and decreased travel times, we hope this improvement will help attract industry to Monroe County."

Qk4 Inc. assisted with the design, environmental and property acquisition phases. Scotty's Contracting & Stone LLC was awarded the construction contract on Oct. 6, 2017 with construction beginning in November 2017.

"We are grateful to have the connector road open to traffic so our community can benefit from the safety improvements and economic development factors the new road provides," State Rep. Bart Rowland said. "Moving the large commercial vehicles passing through downtown Tompkinsville to the new connector road will increase safety to our citizens and provide traffic congestion relief for those utilizing the downtown area. This is a major step in our long-term goal of improving the connectivity between I-40 and I-75. Improving the connectivity between those two interstate routes will greatly increase the economic development potential for the entire region."

This story was posted on 2020-09-04 05:25:08
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