A proposal to build a major road in Daviess County, Kentucky will not move forward.
Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has sent out a statement, saying that the Outer Loop for Owensboro is "not feasible at this time."
The announcement comes after weeks of receiving public comment, along with examinations of conditions, traffic projections, and engineering analysis.
The statement from KYTC: The project team consisting of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC), Owensboro Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), and the consultant met on July 20, 2021 to review the input received during the public comment period that closed on July 2, 2021. The response from this project was considerable, with 2,439 surveys completed, numerous Facebook and Twitter comments, and several emails received – all of which have been considered by the project team. The project team concluded that based on the current conditions, traffic projections, engineering analysis, and public feedback - an outer loop connection is not feasible at this time. A full report documenting the study process and findings will be available on the KYTC Planning website (https://transportation.ky.gov/Planning) by mid-Fall.
The statement also comes after local residents in Daviess County started protests against the proposal. StopTheOuterLoop.Com organizers collected petition signatures to present to local government organizations from property owners that were against building the road. In early July, the group presented GRADD with over 1700 signatures against the "Loop."