NOLAN – Kentucky State Representative Chris Harris (93rd District, D-Pike and Martin Co.) recently released some good news regarding the old Nolan Toll Bridge.
“I have been successful in getting the new Nolan bridge project included in the state transportation budget. We work from a six (6) year plan in Kentucky so the funding is not immediate, but this is a great first step,” an enthusiastic Harris said.
The project number is 12-8906 and appropriates funds to begin the design phase in 2018 with construction slated for 2021.
“While we are not certain this project will remain in the plan, I’ve done all I can do by getting it in the House’s proposed six year plan,” Harris added.
“Also, it is important to note that the cost of the new bridge would be split equally between West Virginia and Kentucky,” Harris stressed. The cost would be split $1,750,000 for each state, for a total of $3,500,000.
The current plan which passed out of the House of Representatives calls for a $3,400,000.00 project to begin with design work in 2018, right-of-way acquisition in 2019, utility relocation in 2020, and finally construction in 2021.
“This project would certainly benefit the residents of Lower Big Creek and those living along Route 292 in Martin County,” Harris added.
“I’m hoping to be able to keep this project in the 6-year transportation plan that is signed by the Governor,” Harris said.
The old Nolan Toll Bridge was closed a few years ago because of safety concerns. It was a privately owned bridge.
Residents in the Nolan, W.Va. and Big Creek (Hatfield), Ky. area have noted that it is inconvenient to have to drive south toward Williamson to cross over into either state. There have also been safety concerns because of the railroad crossing that several residents, the Nolan Freewill Baptist Church and Nolan Christian Academy private school have to use. With the bridge closure, the railroad crossing is the only way in and out of that community.
“Throughout this session, I have greatly appreciated the emails and phone calls I have received from my constituents in the 93rd House District. I hope if you have additional questions or concerns that you will contact me by emailing [email protected] or calling the Legislative Message Line toll-free at 1-800-372-7181,” Harris said. “I will continue to represent the people of Pike and Martin counties to the very best of my ability and look forward to hearing from you soon.”
(Kyle Lovern is the Editor for the Williamson Daily News. He can be contacted at [email protected] or at 304-235-4242, ext. 2277 or on Twitter @KyleLovern.)