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  More I-69 Signs Going Up on Western Kentucky Highway Corridor

WESTERN Ky. (04/10/2015) – Governor Steve Beshear today announced that 41 more miles of the new Interstate 69 corridor in western Kentucky will receive the familiar red, white and blue, shield-shaped highway sign by the end of the year.

“We are making great strides toward completion of the I-69 corridor, and the addition of new highway signs will be visible proof of our progress,” Gov. Beshear said. “Knowing firsthand how important it is to western Kentucky, I look forward to the day when the entire corridor – from the Ohio River to the Tennessee line – will be marked as I-69.”

A $3.23 million contract to construct and place signs in Henderson, Hopkins and Webster counties was awarded recently by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC).

The contract, awarded to Eden Fence Inc., will extend I-69 signage along the former Edward T. Breathitt-Pennyrile Parkway from mile point 35.6 in Hopkins County to the Henderson Bypass (KY 425) at Exit 76. The contract includes updating signage along U.S. 41 and other nearby highways that now direct traffic to the parkway. It will include changing mile markers and exit numbers to reflect I-69 mileage.

The contract also includes rerouting a section of U.S. 41 at Henderson to replace a short section of the Pennyrile Parkway between the Henderson Bypass and the end of the parkway. The KY 2084 Connector from KY 351 will be extended southward to replace this altered section of U.S. 41 to the bypass.

The new signs are scheduled to be in place by Oct. 15.

“I am pleased to see that we are moving forward with the finishing touches – I-69 signs – to the most important infrastructure project western Kentucky has seen in decades,” said Sen. Dorsey Ridley, of Henderson. “I-69 is an integral part of western Kentucky’s future that will lead to economic benefits for our region and state.”

“The I-69 project is already having a major impact on our region, so this latest addition will only add to that,” said Rep. Jim Gooch, of Providence. “I’m looking forward to the day when the entire length is in Kentucky is complete. I’ve been proud to support this effort in the state’s road budget.”

Once complete, I-69 in Kentucky will run north to south from the Ohio River at Henderson to the Tennessee line at Fulton. It will include sections of I-24, the Julian M. Carroll Purchase Parkway, the Western Kentucky Parkway and the Pennyrile Parkway.

To date, 55 miles of the corridor are complete – from roughly Nortonville in Hopkins County to the interchange of I-24 and the Purchase Parkway near Calvert City in Marshall County.

The first I-69 shield was unveiled by Gov. Steve Beshear and then-Federal Highway Administrator Victor Mendez in October 2011.

Information provided by the Governor's Communications Office
Posted by J.L. Graham
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