641 Connect (KYTC Item #1-187.31) is a project to widen an important corridor in Lyon and Caldwell Counties in Western Kentucky. Following several years of study, a preferred alternate route was identified to reconstruct approximately 9.2 miles of US 641 between Eddyville and Fredonia, ultimately expanding the highway from two lanes to four. 641 Connect will improve safety for the public and improve mobility for residents, visitors, and commercial vehicles.
The current US 641 corridor between Eddyville and Fredonia has a crash rate well above the state average. There were 70 crashes on this stretch of roadway from October 1, 2016 to Sember 20, 2019. Contributing crash factors include:
In Lyon County, 641 Connect links travelers to I-24 and I-69. These interstates provide linkage to the Land Between the Lakes recreation area and Paducah to the west, Hopkinsville to the east, Mayfield to the south, and Henderson to the north.
At the northern end of 641 Connect in Caldwell County, the project will join a 5.5-mile highway reconstruction between Fredonia and Marion that was completed in 2019.
For the past 15 years, environmental specialists, engineers, elected officials, and the public have worked together to develop the 641 Connect project. After conducting an environmental assessment and gathering extensive public input, KYTC District 1 has reached a preferred alternate route that meets the project’s purpose. Primary factors used in the development of the preferred route include:
A typical section of 641 Connect will consist of four lanes (two 12-foot lanes in each direction), outside shoulders of 12 feet, and inside shoulders of 6 feet with a 40-foot depressed grass median.
As required by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), an Environmental Assessment for the project corridor was completed. This assessment provides a detailed project description, explanation of the project’s purpose and need, analysis of the alternate routes considered, and identifies environmental impacts.
The 641 Connect virtual public hearing was held on Monday, July 19, 2021, and the public comment period was open through August 6, 2021.
You can watch the public hearing below or read the hearing transcript.