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The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet will continue its study of an alternative to the Ohio River Bridges Project that incorporates an element of the traffic plan known as 86-64.

An information request filed by the 86-64 creators indicates the cabinet had commissioned the study, but cancelled the work before it was complete.

86-64 spokesperson Joe Burgan says the group decided to look into the state’s action on the plan when lawmakers began mentioning a change to the existing Ohio River Bridges Project.

“At the end of June during the special session in Frankfort, several legislators began calling for a ‘Plan B,’ saying this Ohio River Bridges project had grown too large and couldn’t be finished as it was on the books,” he says. “So we decided to see if they’d studied any plan B’s.”

Burgan says the group found no reason why the study was cancelled.

Transportation Cabinet officials say they will complete their exploration of the alternative, which includes two new bridges, the reconfiguration of Spaghetti Junction and a downtown parkway that’s the center point of the 86-64 proposal.