Construction on one major corridor south of Lexington continues, while the state marked the completion of another last week.
Work continues on the widening of a 5-mile section of U.S. 27 in Garrard County, from Camp Nelson to a point just south of Ky. 34. That section of road now has two lanes but will have four lanes when the work is completed.
The cost of the project will be about $39 million. The project is a little less than half complete, and the section will be open to traffic in late 2011.
The new U.S. 27 will be "access controlled," meaning the number of access points will be reduced, said Natasha Lacy, spokeswoman for District 7 of the state highway department.
The Allen Co. is the primary contractor on the Garrard County project. The Lexington company was the primary contractor on another major project that has just finished in Jessamine County.
A 6-mile section of U.S. 68, also known as Harrodsburg Road, was widened from two lanes to four from a point just south of Southland Christian Church to just north of the Y intersection with Ky. 29 near Wilmore.
The road was opened to traffic in mid-August, but local, state and federal officials marked the completion Wednesday at Southland Christian Church.
Gov. Steve Beshear said the widened road "will reduce congestion and promote timely travel throughout our region."
The U.S. 68 project cost $29.3 million. It was proposed 15 years ago and was the subject of some opposition during the late 1990s.
One opponent who is now deceased was thanked for his service to a citizens' advisory committee that considered various routes for the widened road.
In his remarks, district engineer James Ballinger remembered Joe Hammond, who was founder and president of the Harrodsburg Road Preservation Association. Hammond, who died in 2007 at age 78, thought the widened road was unnecessary and would hurt the scenic aspects of the corridor.
Ballinger said Hammond "really held our feet to the fire" to make the project better.