State to spend $17.5 million on Knox road projects

More than $17.5 million has been allocated for several Knox County road projects under the state’s Biennial Road Plan. The plan was worked out and approved by the Kentucky Legislature Tuesday.

Several Knox County roads will get attention under the plan.

Topping the list of projects is replacement of the railroad bridge on Daniel Boone Drive.  

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The widening is set to begin soon, and will cost about $2,110,000.

City utility crews have already taken steps to relocate power lines that run alongside the bridge.

Once the project begins, in and outbound traffic will be routed onto Knox Street, city officials say, where a traffic light will be installed.

Other projects that are on the plan include:

• A major widening of U.S. 25E beginning at the Corbin bypass and continuing to the Knox/Laurel line. $5,400,000 has been allocated for right-of-way and utility construction.

• Replacement of the bridge over Little Richland Creek on KY 2418 six-tenths of a mile from U.S. 25E; project cost $760,000.

• Replacement of bridge on KY 3437 over the East Fork of Big Indian Creek at Gray; project cost $700,000.

• Construction of turn lanes, sidewalks, curve improvements along Manchester Street beginning at the Union College campus; project cost $1,130,000.

• Bridge replacement of Browns Branch Bridge on Stinking Creek Road; project total $1,240,000.

• Raise KY 459 above flood plain from mile marker 4 to 5, including raising of Bull Run Creek Bridge; project cost $1,500,000.

• Raise KY 459 above flood plain from mile marker 3 to 4; cost $700,000.

• Installation of railroad crossing gates on School Street in Artemus; cost $175,000

• Improvement to KY 1629 from mile marker 1 to 4.2; cost $524,000

• Construction of right turn lane on U.S. 25E at Canada Brothers Auto Parts; cost $103,000

• Flashing beacon on KY 11 at KY 1304

• Improve safety of KY 3439 near intersection of U.S 25E by providing sidewalks; project cost $1,250,000.

• Spot improvements to roads in Knox County.

The planned improvements will be are set for completion over the next three years.