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The completion of the Berea Bypass is back on track.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet unveiled its six-year state highway plan last week and the second phase of the Berea Bypass is a top priority for Madison County. The project will expand the bypass 3.59 miles at a cost of $23.7 million.

“This plan delivers on our commitment to invest in long-awaited regional access projects that can open up economic opportunities in rural regions while providing a responsible approach to improving our highway infrastructure statewide,” Governor Andy Beshear said.

The addition will feature four lanes from the current bypass at U.S. 25 to KY 1016.

Berea Mayor Bruce Fraley said the project will feature two phases, fully funded by the state.

“The first phase will extend the bypass to Kentucky Highway 1016 and is funded at $12 million,” he said. “The second phase will complete the bypass from Kentucky 1016 to Kentucky 21 and is funded for an additional 12 million.”

Fraley said the project is shovel ready.

“According to our sources in Frankfort, this is the only project in Transportation District 7 that is ready to go. It is at the top of the list for District 7 projects and just has to be released for bid. We will continue to work with officials in Frankfort to keep this project on the front burner.”

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