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Kentucky project widens road south of Welsh bridge

As part of Kentucky’s Six-Year Highway Plan, Kentucky Route 79 ‘ part of the Brandenburg Bypass ‘ is being widened from two to five lanes, with widening continuing to Route 448.
Work on the Route 79 project, estimated at almost $16 million, began April 9 by Gohmann Asphalt and Construction, while T & C Contracting started the KY 448 widening on Jan. 6, 2006, in a contract worth almost $4.8 million.
The KY 79 project begins at the Matthew E. Welsh Bridge and continues along Bypass Road, where it eventually meets up with KY 448. The project should be done by the next construction season.
‘The five lanes will taper down to two by the time the road reaches the bridge,’ Gohmann Asphalt project engineer Dennis Dixon said. ‘It will be pretty nice when it’s finished.’
The widening of KY 448, which is 95 percent complete, begins at the intersection with KY 1051 and continues to the intersection with KY 1638.
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is in contract negotiations for the preparation of final plans and specifications of the federally approved corridor between U.S. 60 and KY 1638. Right-of-way acquisition ($9.5 million) and utility relocation ($2.1 million) funds are currently scheduled for fiscal year 2008 in the six-year road plan, with fiscal year 2009 a more realistic date. Construction funds ($18 million) funds are currently not in the six-year highway plan.
With road widening taking place all around, folks have wondered if a facelift for the Welsh Bridge was looming.
There’s no major work being planned for the two-lane bridge, which was constructed in 1966. However, the span is scheduled to be painted by 2010 in a joint effort between Indiana and Kentucky.