Elizabethtown, Ky. (Oct. 19, 2023) – In a groundbreaking move to support the massive Blue Oval/SK battery plant project, which is set to become the largest economic development initiative in Kentucky’s history, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has unveiled its comprehensive Glendale Mobility Study. This study aims to ensure that Glendale’s unique community character remains intact while addressing the increasing traffic demands resulting from the state’s ambitious economic development goals.
Four Alternatives Analyzed:
The Glendale Mobility Study assessed four potential traffic management strategies. One of these alternatives, known as Concept A, has emerged as the highest priority recommendation. Concept A proposes the construction of a new bypass northeast of Glendale. This bypass would facilitate the movement of traffic to and from the Blue Oval/SK battery plants, utilizing Kentucky Routes 222 (Glendale-Hodgenville Road) and 1136 (New Glendale Road) without necessitating entry into the town. The study suggests that the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet should initiate preliminary design work for Concept A.
A second alternative, Concept C, involves the construction of a new interchange with Interstate 65 at KY 1136. While not an immediate requirement, the study recommends that the cabinet begins preliminary design and environmental assessments for Concept C to be prepared should the need for such an interchange arise in the future.
Two other alternatives, Concept B and Concept D, did not receive the study’s endorsement.
Concept B proposes a northwest Glendale bypass, but faced considerable public opposition primarily due to concerns about potential residential relocations.
Concept D envisions a new interchange with the Western Kentucky Parkway at KY 222, which was also not recommended in the study.
Residents and interested parties can access the full Glendale Mobility Study, including detailed maps of each concept, at the official study website: www.glendalestudy.com.
Preserving Glendale’s Character:
The Glendale Mobility Study is a crucial step in balancing the need for enhanced transportation infrastructure to support significant economic development while respecting the essence and identity of the Glendale community. By prioritizing Concept A and preparing for the possibility of Concept C, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet aims to strike a balance between progress and preservation.
This study opens the door to a promising future for Glendale, aligning it with the state’s ambitious economic goals, while safeguarding the unique charm that has made it a cherished community. As the plans move forward, further public input and community engagement will be essential to ensure that Glendale’s interests are well-represented.
In the coming months, the state and local authorities will collaborate closely with the community and stakeholders to take the next steps toward implementing the mobility solutions recommended by the study. The blueprint for Glendale’s future is taking shape, one that respects its character and accommodates its role in Kentucky’s economic development journey.