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Two Owen County projects included in next state road plan

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By John Whitlock

Two Owen County projects have been included in the next Kentucky Road Plan for the 2011-12 fiscal year.

State Sen. Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown, said the first project will replace a bridge on Hwy. 355 over Little Twin Creek.

More than $130,000 has been allotted for right of way acquisition and utilities relocation in 2011 and over $935,000 has been designated for the construction in 2012,

Thayer said the money will come from the Federal Bridge Replacement Program.

Because the cost of the Hwy. 355 project will come from federal sources,  the funding is guarenteed.

“This is money that has already been allocated,” Thayer said.

The second project  – expansion of Ky. 22E just past Owen County High School – is more questionable.

Thayer said $3.1 million has been targeted in 2011 to buy property for the expansion  and $24.3 million has been assigned for construction in 2012.

“This is good news and bad news,” Thayer said. “The good news is that (State) Rep. (Royce) Adams and I got the project on the plan. The bad news is there is no dedicated funding.”

Every road project that will receive money by the sale of state bonds is under tight review and only a limited number of projects will actually get funding.

Thayer said Gov. Steve Beshear will have to approve the funding for the Ky. 22E project.

“We’ve had a good run of getting projects for Owen County,” Thayer said.