80 is Calloway County's newest four-lane highway.
The eastern portion from Murray to Aurora was completed
in 2004. The western portion from Murray to
Mayfield was completed in 2010. The section
through the Land Between The Lakes was completed in
Cadiz-Canton section won't see dirt turned until 2013.
The highway runs
parallel to Kentucky 121 North, linking Mayfield,
Murray, and Bowling Green with a major four-lane
highway. The highway took a large chunk of
the estimated 5,000 to 7,000 vehicles a day off the
outdated Kentucky 121.
The Kentucky 80 portion through Land Between The
Lakes will cost over $300 million and is currently
underway. This project is particularly significant
because it will replace two large bridges crossing
Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley. The bridges were
built in 1931 and need to be replaced. The project
will enhance tourism significantly in the area, partly
because the bridges and highway (the LBL portion) will
have a unique look designed aesthetically to the natural
surroundings. For details on this
www.lakebridges.com. For rendering of the new
Local and regional officials are particularly excited
about this project because of the potential impact on
industry and tourism.
Pictured: The new Kentucky 80/US 641
intersection looking west, September 2006, before
equipment moved any dirt. Today this intersection is
2007 Traffic Count Data: Calloway
City of Murray
Murray & Calloway County Transportation Information
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