P3 partnership accelerates schedule for William Thomason Byway extension

Gov. Matt Bevin joined Kentucky Transportation Cabinet State Highway Engineer Andy Barber, state and local elected officials, and business and community leaders Saturday to announce plans to begin the right of way phase of the western extension of the existing William Thomason Byway in Leitchfield in early 2020 — shaving at least six months from the original schedule.

The fast-tracked progress is the result of significant land and funding contributions from local public and private partners to build the new, nearly 1.5-mile alignment that stretches from KY 54 to KY 259, meeting at the end of the existing KY 3155 byway.

Bel Brands USA manufacturing facility hosted today’s celebration of the much-anticipated project that garnered $600,000 in local land and cash donations from the City of Leitchfield, the Grayson County Fiscal Court, the Wabuck Development Company, and Scotty’s Contracting.

“We are excited today to announce a significantly expedited timeframe for this important Grayson County transportation project,” said Gov. Bevin. “The long-anticipated William Thomason Byway extension will provide enhanced safety, access and economic opportunity for this region of the state. We are grateful for the strong spirit of cooperation among numerous public and private entities which has enabled us to accelerate our progress.”

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