Sorgho residents organize community meeting over proposed Owensboro loop
OWENSBORO, Ky. (WFIE) - Conversations continue on a potential traffic project in western Kentucky.
An Owensboro Outer Loop is a possibility.
Not everyone supports it.
A meeting was held Wednesday evening to push back on this type of project, which was mostly made up of farmers and local landowners.
It is a feasibility study that ruffles the feathers of some Daviess County farmers.
“Last time I looked, that was our name on that deed,” Daviess County man Jerry Knott stated. “We didn’t ask for this.”
Several dozen people showed up to oppose an Owensboro outer loop. The Owensboro-Daviess County Metropolitan Planning Organization previously applied and received grant money to move forward with a logistics study.
“Farmers fight battles every day,” Knott explained. “But the hardest battle is seeing good farmland taken for a subdivision or a road cut through a family farm.”
The state’s transportation cabinet hosted a virtual public meeting Tuesday.
14 News talked to the Owensboro MPO coordinator last week who says a traffic project like this could relieve some pressure off U-S 60, especially between Frederica Street and KY 54. Plus, he says it could make more space for additional homes and businesses.
“Our business was here first,” Knott declared.
Republican Representative Suzanne Miles offered her thoughts on the analysis Wednesday.
“I’ll say that I’m not happy that the money has been spent for something that has caused so much heartache, loss of sleep and concern,” Rep, Miles expressed.
Miles shared with the crowd that she supports people having their family farms, and that owners should be allowed to choose. She clarified this project is not currently in the road plan budget.
“It will not happen without your state representatives and senators putting it in the road plan to actually designate money for that,” Miles added.
A petition has been created.
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is asking folks to fill out a survey. It will be open for four weeks, which runs until July 2.
You can pull up the flyer on Facebook and scan the bar code to review all documents.
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