Bypass meeting: 'Good progress'

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By The Staff

State Rep. Brad Montell (R-Shelbyville) and Sen. Gary Tapp (R-Shelbyville) said they felt that their meeting Friday morning with Transportation Cabinet officials the contractors of the Shelbyville Bypass went very well.

"I feel like we made really good progress today," Montell said after the meeting at the Transportation office in Frankfort.

Kay and Kay owner Bill Robinson and vice president Mike Hamm met with the new head of the Transportation Cabinet, Mike Hancock, as well as state engineers for about an hour to discuss problems with the progress with the building of the bypass.

That 4.5-mile project began in May 2006 and isn't expected to be completed until late 2010. State officials have admitted that their contract with Kay and Kay has problems.

During the meeting, Kay and Kay officials discussed some problems they had been having with the project and gave state officials a progress report.

The Shelbyville Bypass contract was written by the state as a "working days" contract, meaning it does not have to be completed until the contractor has worked the specified number of days (486 in this case).

Kay and Kay officials reported that approximately 140 working days are left in which to complete the bypass. That does not include weekends, holidays or the mandated hiatus between Nov. 1 and April 1.