Construction Phase of KY 54 in Owensboro Set to Begin July 14

Construction Phase of KY 54 in Owensboro Set to Begin July 14

OWENSBORO, Ky. (WEVV)— Construction for the first phase of a $23.3 million project to widen 1.3 miles of KY-54 through a quickly expanding economic corridor on Owensboro’s east side is scheduled to begin Sunday, July 14.

The project is designed to alleviate congestion, make travel safer and enhance economic opportunities for businesses along the busiest roadway in Daviess County.

More than 32,000 vehicles use this route to access the community’s commercial district, located just south of the U.S. 60 bypass.

Since March, contractors have been working to locate and move utilities along the roadway, making room to widen KY-54 from four lanes to six.

Beginning the night of Sunday, July 14, crews will begin repainting lines to accommodate shifting both eastbound lanes of KY-54, using the existing turning lane for eastbound travel. This will allow construction of a third driving lane to begin on the south side of the highway.

Crews will work nightly from July 14 through 17 until the lane shift is completed through the entire construction zone.

Phase one construction is scheduled to begin on July 22. When phase one is completed, work will switch to the westbound side, with those lanes being shifted.

During the third and final phase, a new concrete median will be constructed, and asphalt will be applied to the widened roadway.

The project is expected to be completed in late 2026.

By Ben Thomas WEVV