Four-lane route will loop around Nicholasville
NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. (June 22, 2015) — Gov. Steve Beshear announced today initial plans for the East Nicholasville Bypass project.
The 7.4-mile project will be constructed in three sections at a projected cost of $123 million including the preconstruction phases. When complete, the new, four-lane route will complete the loop around Nicholasville and connect to the U.S. 27 West Bypass known locally as the Nicholasville Bypass. The project also includes a single-point diamond interchange at the intersection of U.S. 27 and the Nicholasville Bypass.
The bypass will divert traffic from congested areas on KY 39 (Sulphur Well Road), KY 169 (Union Mill Road), U.S. 27B (business route) and the existing U.S. 27 West Bypass. The project will facilitate existing and proposed development by constructing new roadway for anticipated expansion. In addition, wider lanes, reduced traffic congestion and better sight distances improve safety.
The first section begins at KY 39, extending southeast to U.S. 27 just south of Nicholasville for 2.7 miles. The estimated construction cost is $16 million. Officials anticipate opening this section to traffic by late 2016 or spring 2017.
The remaining sections are progressing but not yet entirely funded in the Kentucky Highway Plan. The second section from KY 39 to KY 169 covers 1.9 miles and costs approximately $13 million for construction. The third section from KY 169 to the Nicholasville Bypass includes the diamond interchange and construction of the last 2.8 miles of the bypass at a cost of $38 million.