Release posted October 26, 2016
The public is invited to the ribbon cutting celebration for the Olivet Church Road Improvement Project. The ribbon cutting will be Thursday, November 3 at 11 a.m. on the section of new five-lane roadway just northwest of the Kentucky Oaks Mall area. That section of roadway will be closed during the ribbon cutting ceremony.
The project has involved the widening of Olivet Church Road (KY 998) to three lanes with improved drainage, curbs, gutters, and sidewalks in addition to the construction of a new stretch of five-lane roadway that links the Kentucky Oaks Mall area at U.S. 60 to an existing section of Olivet Church Road.
Mayor Gayle Kaler says, “One of my priorities when I was elected Mayor was to see the completion of the Olivet Church Road Improvement Project. The widening of Olivet Church Road has been needed for years as traffic has increased. Furthermore, the new five-lane artery provides another access for customers of the mall area while releasing some pressure on Hinkleville Road.”
Mayor Kaler adds, “Another exciting result of this project is that it opens up additional land parcels for development.”
City Manager Jeff Pederson says, “This project happened through the strong vision and commitment of government at several levels to improve transportation access for residents and visitors to this community. It took a good deal of determination, planning, and perseverance for the City in partnership with the State of Kentucky and a multitude of partners and stakeholders to see this project through to completion. The City Commission, in particular, stayed with this project through many difficult decision points, and it is a credit to its leadership that we now have this enhanced access-way to and through our retail hub.”
In May 2015, the Paducah Board of Commissioners approved a $6,380,137.40 contract with Jim Smith Contracting Company, LLC for this project. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet allocated $6.2 million toward the construction. The construction phase of the Olivet Church Road Improvement Project began June 1, 2015. The project was shut down during a portion of the winter and during the holidays to avoid construction during the peak shopping time around Kentucky Oaks Mall.
For more information, visit the Olivet Church Road Project page.