New Bridge Linking Kentucky and Illinois Threatens Boatwright WMA

UPDATE: Public Information Meeting information is now available on their website plus a Public Feedback Survey about this issue will be open until December 30th! Click on the following link to learn more about the public input phase of their timeline and to be directed to the public input survey: Public Involvement - US Connectivity Study (

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is performing a US 60 Connectivity Study to examine the impacts of developing a more direct corridor between US 60 in western Kentucky and I-57 in southern Illinois. This state funded study will determine if this proposed route will provide any long-term value to KY and the public as a possible alternative to the US-51 Bridge Replacement Project just south of Cairo, IL. If this new road project proceeds, the proposed route will connect Barlow, KY to I-57 between Future City and Golden Lilly, IL and will cut right through Boatwright WMA. 

Located in the midst of a major waterfowl flyway, the nearly 9,000 acre Boatwright WMA is one of the best public land waterfowl hunting options in the state and this project will have a dramatic impact on this and future generations of Kentuckians. If the proposal through the WMA was accepted it would permanently alter key wetlands, as well as, a very popular public hunting, wildlife viewing, fishing, and access area. These wetlands are also essential filtering systems of our waters and continued degradation of our wetlands will only lead to additional water quality issues for western Kentucky and in our nations most iconic river systems. 

The 2023 timeline has moved right long, and it is now time for PUBLIC COMMENT. KYTC has scheduled two meetings to include the public in discussions about the feasibility of a new US 60 corridor from Barlow, KY through the Ballard Wildlife Management Area and a new bridge crossing the Ohio River extending on to Interstate 57 near Future City, IL. It's very urgent that we show up and express our opinions on this issue! 

Kentucky BHA Official Position Statement - KY BHA US Hwy 60 Connectivity Corridors Position Statement - Backcountry Hunters and Anglers

We’re encouraging everyone to be informed and involved with this important decision-making process.

The first meeting will be Wednesday, Nov. 29 at Ballard County High School, with the second meeting Thursday, Nov. 30 at Cairo High School. Each meeting will be held from 5-7 pm. Interested residents can review presentations and information here: Home - US 60 Connectivity Study - KYTC Transportation Study

Find the June 15th Public Involvement Meeting information here: Public Involvement Meeting 1 - US Connectivity Study (

Anyone who is unable to attend one of the two meetings may view displays and materials at the KYTC Paducah office or at Public comment forms will also be available online following the second meeting.

Individuals or organizations who wish to submit comments outside of the public meetings may also address them to Kyle Poat, PE, at the KYTC District 1 Office at 5501 Kentucky Dam Road, Paducah, Ky., 42003 or by calling (270) 898-2431.

Comments will be accepted until December 30, with all comments becoming part of the official meeting record.




KYTC expects to complete the study by early 2024! 

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