Traffic has been delayed on a Springfield road that is yet to open. The new Springfield Northwest Bypass, which was scheduled to open later this month, will now have to wait until spring.
According to Chad Filiatreau, transportation engineering supervisor for Washington, Nelson and LaRue counties, said the project will not open on time due to weather.
“It looks like it won’t be completed until spring,” Filiatreau said in a telephone interview. “Temperatures are affecting things now. The change order has been approved, and it’s probably going to be mid-May before it is fully completed.”
The new bypass will run from KY 555 at the Springfield Bypass and connect with US 150 west of St. Catharine College. Although the plans have been in place for some time, Filiatreau said some changes are likely before work is done.
“At the end of the project, we will be putting a round-about in there, which will switch traffic over to the new bypass by St. Catharine,” he said. “That’s about it for now. What you see now is what it’s going to look like until probably March when the weather breaks and we can get the contractors back. Then we can complete the project, and we hope that is done May 15.”
The finished road will be 3.48 miles long, according to plans on file with the Kentucky Department of Highways office in Elizabethtown. The bypass is projected to cost $12 million.