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The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has officially opened the reconstructed portion of Ky. 393 near Centerfield in Oldham County. Transportation Secretary Joe Prather was joined Tuesday by local officials in cutting a ribbon for the roadway, which extends from Interstate 71 to Ky. 22.
“By reconstructing Ky. 393, we have removed some sharp curves and made the roadway safer for all who travel it,” Prather said. “The new roadway will also provide improved access to I-71, supporting the region’s future economic growth.”
Work began in 2006 to widen a two-mile section of the roadway. A new road was also constructed between Echo Valley Circle and Ky. 22, eliminating two 90-degree curves. This section, which includes a bridge over the south fork of Curry’s Fork, was opened to traffic last spring. Construction continued through the summer to widen the road between Echo Valley Circle and I-71. The entire section of Ky. 393 was widened from two lanes to three to accommodate a center turning lane. Hinkle Contracting performed the construction at a cost of $8.87 million.
“This is a great project that will help traffic flow in the entire area. Ky. 393 is much safer now that this new section is complete,” State Sen. Ernie Harris said. “This improved route will be a boon not just to those along Ky. 393, but for all motorists who commute on Ky. 22 to work, shop and to other travel destinations.”
“I am thrilled that this portion of the Ky. 393 reconstruction has been completed. It will greatly enhance safety and convenience,” State Rep. David Osborne said. “Infrastructure improvement throughout Oldham County has been and will continue to be a top priority. Even during these difficult budget times, we continue to pursue funding for additional county-wide transportation improvements.”
Ky. 393 was adopted into the state roadway system in the mid 1950s. More than 5,000 vehicles per day travel the section between Ky. 22 and Ky. 2856 (Elder Park Road). The average daily traffic increases to more than 7,000 at the interchange with I-71.