The Kentucky Department of Highways is set to award a contract this week to widen 17 miles of I-65 from four to six lanes in Hardin, LaRue and Hart counties. The low bidder is Bowling Green's Scotty Contracting.
Records show Scotty's submitted a low bid of $138.5 million for the job, the only other bidder came in at $144.7 million for the job. The state revealed after the bids were opened that they estimated the project at $142.2 million.
A department committee will meet tomorrow to decide to award that contract and others that were bid on August 22nd.
A department spokesman says if the contract is awarded to Scotty's, work should begin in a couple of weeks on the three year project.
Once that section of I-65 is widened, all but about ten miles of the highway will be either six lanes wide or under construction for widening. That remaining ten mile section is in Hardin County south of Elizabethtown.