Outer Loop for Owensboro not feasible at this time

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OWENSBORO, Ky (WEHT) – The project team behind the proposed Owensboro Outer Loop says it’s just not feasible at this time.

The team consisting of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, Owensboro Metropolitan Planning Organization, and the consultant met Tuesday. They reviewed the public input, which included more than 2,000 surveys completed, numerous Facebook and Twitter comments, and several emails.

Highway 60 will still be the only way to get around Owensboro for the foreseeable future, after the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet decides a potential second loop doesn’t have a viable future for now.

“I can’t say it was terribly surprising, but it wouldn’t have been surprising if they came back the other way also,” says Tom Lovett of Green River Area Development District.

It follows a feasibility study started earlier this summer, which looked at current traffic conditions, and projections. If it was feasible, construction would still have been up to several decades away.

“One of the things they need to do is they need to look 30, 40, 50 years down the road and see what could possibly be needed in that time frame, and this is a road they wanted to look at and see is this road needed now,” Lovett explained.

Keirsten Jaggers of the KYTC says comments were mostly against the idea.

“Several people have farms and felt that if we pushed forward with feasibility study, that it would cut their farms in half and it would take value away from their property,” she said.

Nearly 6,000 people signed a petition opposing a future second outer loop. Janie Marksberry of the Stop the Outer Loop group says she is cautiously optimistic about the KYTC decision.

“We just don’t want our land destroyed for this outer loop. We don’t feel like this is necessary for one thing. We don’t have a traffic problem in Owensboro and Daviess County, so we’re not really sure how this got started,” she said.

Along with public feedback, the project team considered current conditions, traffic projections, and engineering analysis. We’re told a full report will be made available on the KYTC planning website by mid-fall.

(This story was originally published on July 22, 2021)

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