Lawrence Co. officials hope road project boosts tourism

By: Whitney Burks Email
By: Whitney Burks Email

LAWRENCE COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - Plans began more than one decade ago, and now work is finally beginning a stretch of road in Lawrence County.

Crews are beginning the process to widen KY 32 leading out to Yatesville Lake, and county officials are hoping it will boost tourism.

If you are driving along KY 32 in Lawrence County you will probably see it.

"The rehab part is going to go from just west of 23 to just before Route 3215 which is the road out to the golf course," said Todd Moran with Highway District 12.

Officials with Highway District 12 say the goal is to widen the lanes and the shoulders on KY 32 in order to make it a little bit safer for those traveling on it.

"A lot of boats are being pulled out there, a lot of campers. A lot of tourists travel that road," said Moran

Plans got started back in 2002, and now that it is underway county officials say they think it could be good for the area.

"I I just think it will be a good thing in the long run. I think it will benefit our county to open it up and get more people in here for tourism and stuff, which that all creates money and we all need the money," said Lawrence County Judge Executive John Osborne.

Even though it will take at least two years to complete the first phase, county officials say they are willing to wait and reap the benefits.

"It'll be great all together. It'll open up our county," said Osborne.

Officials say they expect the first phase of the road construction to be finished by December of next year.

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