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KYTC names 70 top highway projects - 6 in District 8

Program is named SHIFT. All of District 8 top 70 projects are in Pulaski County. This article contains some of the full report of interest to residents in CM's primary service area of Adair, Casey, Cumberland, Green, Metcalfe, Russell & Taylor Counties.
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The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has released a list of 70 projects rated as the top highway projects for the next highway plan, which includes 6 projects in District Eight, Somerset, KY.

All six of the District Six projects are in Pulaski County.


See list SHIFT PROJECTS of STATEWIDE IMPORTANCE PDF

The district includes Adair, Casey, Clinton, Cumberland, Lincoln, McCreary, (Pulaski), Rockcastle, Russell, and Wayne counties. The Transportation Cabinet said the list was developed using "a data-driven list of statewide transportation projects that will help guide development of the next Highway Plan." The plan comes with a new acronym and logo. It's called "SHIFT" for "Strategic Highway Investment Formula for Tomorrow."

The seventy projects are considered of statewide importance. The largest ones, several over $1.5 billion are in the Greater Cincinnati area.

A cursory look at the list does indicate a few projects which would affect Adair, Russell and Metcalfe Counties more directly. They are related to the "I-66" project, first announced in the Fletcher Adinistration, when signs were unveiled along the LBN/Cumberland Parkway, in 2007, announcing "Future Corridor, I-66." For more information about SHIFT and to view the statewide projects list, visit SHIFT.

SHIFT projects also include: Safety improvements, road widening, reconstruction, new interchanges, and new routes.

Projects outside of SHIFT include Rural and Municipal Aid, MPO Projects, other Federally Dedicate Projects (safety, bike/pedestrian, congestion, etc), maintenance pojects (pavement, bridges, etc.), and major infrastructure projects (federally significant projects.)


This story was posted on 2017-06-26 20:35:50
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Four Regions of Kentucky: SHIFT program



2017-06-26 - Frankfort, KY - Photo from Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.
SHIFT Regional Projects - Local transportation leaders, including Area Development Districts, Metropolitan Planning Organizations and KYTC Chief District Engineers, across the state will prioritize projects at the regional and district level. The state is grouped into four regions, comprised of three state highway districts in each. An equal portion of funds will be allocated to each region. The groups will consider more than 1,000 projects that have been scored using SHIFT. Regions will submit their selected projects to KYTC in early fall.

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Timeline for implementation of SHIFT program



2017-06-26 - Frankfort, KY - Photo Kentucky Transportation Cabinet graphic.
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SHIFT program projects in Eastern, Western KY could affect 'I-66'



2017-06-27 - Cumberland Parkway, Westbound, Columbia, KY - Photo by Ed Waggener, ColumbiaMagazine.com(c).
None of the Top Seventy Statewide priorities are in Adair, Casey, Cumberland, Green, Metcalfe, Russell or Taylor Counties, but some which would affect the I-66 corridor are in that list. There was much hoopla when dignitaries of the Fletcher Administration came to Lindsey Wilson College amost ten years ago prior to unveiling the sign above, in the fall of 2007.

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