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Madisonville Starts New Push for Connector Road

City officials are encouraging residents to lobby state transportation officials on proposed two mile road.
For years, a road connecting two busy intersections in Madisonville has only existed on paper. City officials are now pushing to turn that idea into reality.

The streets of madisonville can get real crowded.

"It can be, especially, this time of the season, with the holidays," says Margie Bowman of Madisonville. "Center is a very busy street."

The traffic's real. But what's not a reality yet city officials say is a road to ease it.

"North Main Street gets quite congested," says Madisonville Mayor David Jackson. "The other option, really, is to get on the high speed parkway to get from one exit to another."

It's a North-South Connector, a two lane, two mile route going between Center Street and Island Ford Road.

"This may be one of our best shots to get it on."

A shot so good, Jackson is calling on city leaders and residents to lobby state transportation officials to fund the project. Jackson says if they build it, business will come and some congestion would go away.

"I think with this proximity to I-69, it's kind of the front porch of Madisonville. I believe some positive growth in that area will attract additional growth to our community," he says.

Some drivers wish the connector was real.

"That would've been an asset for me today," says Bowman. She says it would make it real easy to get around town.

"It would help the traffic flow a little better and you would be able to get into that end of town quicker."

A few years ago, the planned road was expected to cost up to $18 million, but city officials now say that cost is now only about $8 million.
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