There was mixed news this week regarding the progress of road projects in Berea. On a positive note, City Administrator Randy Stone announced that the $8 million U.S. 25 N. widening project from Ellipse Street to the Berea Bypass is off to a good start. That work is projected to be finished by the summer of 2019.
Less certain is whether Phase II of the Berea Bypass will be permanently dropped from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s six-year road plan. For the moment, that project, estimated to cost between $24 million and $27 million, is not on the state plan.
Councilmen Jim Davis, Bruce Fraley and David Rowlette have been lobbying state officials in Frankfort this week in the hope of getting the Berea Bypass Phase II funded. All report they are cautiously optimistic that the project could be saved.