LANCASTER - Motorists anxious to see U.S. 27 widened to four lanes in Garrard County will be waiting several years before they see bulldozers clear land.
Kentucky highway officials are still waiting to hear from the Federal Highway Administration regarding an environmental assessment that will help decide which path the new road will take. "It's still in the design phase," said David Thacker, a public information officer with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.
That design includes the widening of about five miles of U.S. 27 from Camp Nelson to Ky. 34 to four lanes. The widening of U.S. 27 from Ky. 34 to Stanford is in the planning stages, with a citizens advisory committee meeting to be scheduled for some time in late September, Thacker said. The northern section will likely be done before the Ky. 34 to Stanford widening starts, he said.
It's not known exactly which path the highway will take, especially where the new road will be placed in relation to Camp Dick Robinson Elementary School. There are two feasible alternate routes, referred to by the cabinet as "2B," which would place the road in front of the school, and "2C," which would put the new highway behind of or west of the school building, said Thacker.