Over $50 million to be spent finishing Route 680 upgrade

Last updated: April 22. 2014 2:52PM - 488 Views
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FRANKFORT — The final biennial road plan approved last week by the state legislature last week includes over $75 million in Floyd County projects, with two-thirds of that amount going to finish the Minnie-Harold Connector.

Just over $50 million will be spent on construction the final two sections of the new Route 680, which runs between Route 122 and U.S. 23. In the upcoming fiscal year, $19.1 million will be spent to construct the road between Boy Hollow of Simpson Branch to Little Mud Creek. In the 2015-16 fiscal year, another $31.1 million will be spent to finish the road from Little Mud Creek to the Mouth of Tackett Creek. Another $550,000 will be spent in the upcoming fiscal year for utility relocation along the second stretch of road.

The budget also includes $2.7 million to address safety concerns along a stretch of U.S. 23, between Town Branch and Route 80. In the upcoming fiscal year, $400,000 will be spent on right-of-way acquisition and $500,000 will be spent on utility relocation. The following year, $1.8 million is budgeted for actual construction.

The plan includes $2.8 million for spot improvements along Route 979, from Branham’s Creek to Stumbo Elementary, as well as another $7 million for the design phase of the Floyd County portions of the planned Mountain Parkway extension and widening.

The plan calls for replacing four bridges, on Routes 194, 466, 777 and 1100, as well as the construction of a new bridge over the Big Sandy River, to connect the Big Sandy Wastewater Treatment Plant to Route 1428.

Finally, $4 million has been budgeted for construction in the upcoming fiscal year of a long-planned project to improve the curve and sight distance along Route 122 at McDowell, at the junction with Route 680, and another $3.8 million has been allocated to improve the Route 80 exit at Garrett, with $3 million in actual construction costs next year.

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