Kentucky Lake Motor Speedway owners don’t plan on relocating
BENTON, Ky —
We first brought you the story Thursday night. Racing season is ending early at one local speedway.
The Kentucky Lake Motor Speedway has stopped operations permanently. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says it’s part of a project to make your drive safer.
The state filed a lawsuit back in July to take the racetrack property through eminent domain.
That’s the government’s right to take a property for public use. The Marshall County Circuit Court this week granted that motion.
A spokesperson for the speedway says the 36 acres the state’s taking includes the race track’s pit area and all of it’s main operations. He says speedway owners thought it would be best to end race season early.
"We see it as they have already taken it. It’s theirs now, so what if something were to happen? We don’t want to run into anything like that if there was an accident on what’s considered their property. We don’t want to run the risk of anything that’s there," said DJ Irvine, a spokesperson for the speedway.
He adds it would have been too expensive to rebuild the racetrack on another part of the property. The state’s lawsuit says purchasing this area was critical to constructing and maintaining the interchange.
A spokesperson for the transportation cabinet says construction on the project is expected to start next month, and end late next year.