More right of way money received for Ledbetter land purchase
Kurt Engelhardt, LL Editor
Those that travel over the new Highway 60 Bridge at Ledbetter are adjusting to the new bridge and the recent switch of lanes. Painters and other workers are completing work on the other two lanes and hope to have it completed by the end of October, when it would then carry two lanes of traffic on both sides.
The long range plan called for a 4-lane road on the Livingston side of the bridge that will take drivers around the south side of Ledbetter. That plan is still in place and some of the money needed to buy the land has just been received according to Keith Todd, spokesmen for the Kentucky Transportation Department.
“We have purchased approximately 60 of about 100 parcels of property needed for the new US 60 4-lane around the south edge of Ledbetter. We have just received approval of an additional $2 million in right of way funds so the acquisition can continue to move forward. Appraisals and other activities halted when the first allocation ran out, so it will take a month or two for that process to ramp back up. The present arrangement with the 4-way stop and connector from the existing US 60 to the new bridge is what we have termed long-term temporary,” explained Todd.
The ease of the new bridge, compared to what has been used over the last 82 years has solved many of the transportation problems for both commuters and the larger vehicles that were making the long drive around. Much as we would like to have the connector road to drive on soon, it looks like it may be a while, even though additional money has been received to purchase more of the needed land.
“We are probably 3 to 5 years out from construction of the new 4-lane around the south side of Ledbetter,” Todd added.