Route For I-66 Has Been Chosen

By: Marie Luby Email
By: Marie Luby Email

Officials choose the route for the future Interstate 66 between two major southern Kentucky cities.

Not everyone is happy about the decision.

Officials talked to concerned residents about the route during an open house Monday night in London.

A pilot for 60 years, Rowland Moore flew over the scenic state of Kentucky more times than he can remember.

Moore favors a route different from the one he saw at the open house for the future Interstate 66.

From Moore's view, the chosen route is a waste of time, and money.

The route follows most of highway 80, then shoots southeast to intersect with I-75. Officials say it's this way, or no highway.

Laurel County leaders say there's no question about the economic impact of I-66 on places like London.

Officials expect the final go-ahead from the federal government by December 2008...even if opposition continues.

Moore hopes at least the view from the new road, is half as beautiful as the one from the sky.

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  • by Whit Location: Somerset on Sep 2, 2007 at 09:14 PM
    rDC: A road between Harlan and Hazard is sorely needed, but not at the expense of I66. Kristy: They probably will use the Daniel Boone Parkway all the way to Eastern Kentucky. They're using current Parkways as rule. The people who come from out of state to see our forests will now be able to get here quickly and easily. Doug: Thank You! Boyd: You say we need more income, yet complain about the progress that will bring it. A little more air pollution along the new route due to more traffic is possible, but floods? Any dirt removed in construction is used for construction elsewhere. The dam is being repaired as we speak. wwwKICK66org: Some of your arguments are valid. But making ridiculous statements like "Good ol' Boy Hal Rogers won't be happy until he has paved over all of Kentucky" is why no-one is hearing you. Rogers is finally bringing some money back into our region. Anonymous: This is not the first time I've heard Somerset called an "Economic Wasteland" I66 can only help.
  • by DC Location: Hazard on Aug 29, 2007 at 10:12 AM
    Pass the pork, please. How about a road between Harlan and Hazard? It is sorely needed.
  • by kristy Location: london on Aug 29, 2007 at 10:10 AM
    Why can't we just expand (The Daniel Boone Parkway as it should still be called). Repave it and make it four lanes all the way along. London already has it's industrial park off of this road and that in my mind would only help us out. We have people who come from out of state to see our forest. LEAVE THEM ALONE! Or should we rename them the Hal Rogers Paved Forest?
  • by Doug Location: London on Aug 29, 2007 at 09:46 AM
    I think we could use a good road connecting I65 and I75 that would cut out s-set and london. Quit crying and get over it.
  • by Boyd Location: Edens on Aug 29, 2007 at 08:04 AM
    Why another interstate like I-66? We have enough trouble now with the contruction going on the new 27 HWY. Our lovely country side of Pulaski Co. is being torn up for Hal Rogers and Fletcher. We need more income in the county and lot less roads for people to drive so fast on and wreck and lots of time people are killed or hurt bad. No wonder we have air pollution and floods. All the dirt is moved and taken somewhere else. Let's get a new dam built first and fill Lake Cumberland back up before more new roads.
  • by wwwKICK66org Location: London/Somerset on Aug 28, 2007 at 08:14 PM
    I-66 What a waste! We got mountains crumbling, bridges falling down, levees & DAMS failing, bees disappearing, asthma caused by pollution. Sure would be nice to pave some of the potholes on 80 and fix some of these killer roads! We say NO BUILD is the best alternative. Be sure to submit your comments and say NO BUILD! Deadline for comments is 9/14/07. Interesting that I-66 in western KY follows I-64 which is only 1 hours drive from here! I-66 will only benefit the landholders (guess who?) & contractors. It WILL not benefit us regular folks. Also I-66 will plow through 236 acres of the DBNF already highly fragmented. We need the DBNF to provide us with clean water. Runoff & hazmat spills from I-66 will poison the water. Building over the karst terrain will cause sinkholes that'll make Wolf Creek Dam look like a walk in the park. Good ol' Boy Hal Rogers won't be happy until he has paved over all of Kentucky! And just who will want to live in or visit a paved over, heavily-polluted place
  • by Anonymous on Aug 28, 2007 at 04:29 PM
    go 66! probley the best thing that will ever happen to waste land of somerset ky.
  • by Fred Location: Lexington on Aug 28, 2007 at 03:11 PM
    Hey, since we're on the subject of unnecessary roads, I can get anywhere in the state without using I-75. Let's tear it up and plant a tree!
  • by Loucile Location: Casey Co on Aug 28, 2007 at 02:53 PM
    I see no need for I-66. Wake up people. Most of what we have now is roads and shopping malls. Soon there will be no place to live in peace and quiet. No wonder we have so much trouble with the weather, the trees and plants are being sacrificed for roads and shopping malls.
  • by Jim Location: Ardmore on Aug 28, 2007 at 01:18 PM
    The current highway maps issued by the Kentucky Highway Department have a proposed route of the proposed I-66. It appears to me as if the Interstate highway will benefit not only eastern Kentucky but western Virginia also. This could get the people out of the eighteenth century, to live with the benefits of the modern world.
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