Neighbors upset about proposed road leading to new bridge


Reporter - Jason Hibbs
Photojournalist - Mason Watkins
Editor - David Dycus

LIVINGSTON COUNTY, Ky.---They're in the way of progress.  120 properties, many with homes are going to be gobbled up for a highway.
People in the proposed four lane highway's path are still not sure when it's coming through or exactly where it will be. It's an approximate 3 mile stretch of Highway 60 that starts near the Ohio Valley Baptist Church in Ledbetter, Kentucky and ends at the new Ledbetter Bridge.
The bridge has a new target completion date of May 2013 thanks to nearly four million dollars in incentives.
No one knows when construction on the road will even start.

"I don't want to be in no city or town, I just like being here," Janice Riley said.

Janice Riley knows her neighborhood of 32 years is about to change, in fact she can hear the changes in the distance. It's not the bridge construction that bothers her, but the proposed path leading to it.

"I'm not that kind of person, I was raised on a farm, I don't want a big road right beside me," Riley said.

Plans call for a four lane highway right next door. She says a year ago, the state told her they'd have to purchase some of her property, but she hasn't heard anything since then.

"Our focus was on getting the bridge open as quickly as possible, we really haven't talked much about that road," Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Spokesperson Keith Todd said.

While the state sped up construction on the bridge, plans for the approach road are not a top priority.

"It's in the road plan for construction in 2015 but all of that will be dollar dependent," Todd said.

When the bridge is finished drivers will use a temporary two lane connector.
There's no definite completion date for the four-lane highway.
Riley said the only thing worse than a noisy road, is not knowing when it's coming through.

"I stay nervous about it, it bothers me thinking about what will happen," Riley said.

The Transportation Cabinet Spokesperson wants to remind everyone of that three ton-weight limit. Anyone driving anything larger than a pickup truck needs to take a detour.
Officers are making no exceptions.
The Transportation Cabinet Spokesperson says 60 of the 120 parcels in the approach road's path have already been purchased, he's not sure how much money it will take to purchase the remaining 60 parcels.