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FRANKFORT, Ky (WKYT)- Lawmakers are making progress on reaching an agreement on road projects throughout the state.

Tuesday afternoon, the state Senate passed the roads budget bill, or House Bill 237, 37-1.

Early Tuesday evening, the House approved the bill 71-26.

The bill now goes to Governor Beshear.

This comes after Democratic House Speaker Greg Stumbo said House and Senate negotiators had reached a deal on the roads budget.

Had a deal not been reached, Stumbo said a special session was likely.

There are more than $160M worth of road projects over the next three years in Fayette County alone in the bill. Much of that work is along New Circle Road.

The state plans to widen New Circle Road along a three-mile stretch between Versailles Road and Leestown Road. It appears that will be done in phases during fiscal year 2015 for a total cost of nearly $35M.

Over the course of fiscal years 2014 and 2015, the state plans to reconstruct the New Circle Road and Versailles Road interchange. That will come at a cost of just over $13M.

Not far from there, workers will widen Leestown Road between New Circle and Masterson Station Park. Some of that work is already under way. There's $4.8M allocated for fiscal year 2014 in the bill.

Continuing down New Circle, the state plans to widen again between Georgetown Road and Boardwalk Ave. That's about a mile and a half. That project also includes reconstructing the New Circle and Newtown Pike interchange. That funding is scheduled for fiscal years 2014 and 2015 for more than $19.5M.

Closer to downtown, the Newton Pike extension has more than $40M worth of funding over the fiscal years 2014, 2015, and 2016. The plan calls for Newtown Pike to cut across Patterson Street and Scott Street, connecting to South Limestone.

There are more than 200 pages worth of projects in the bill. Legislators said there's enough funding for about 75% of them.


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