$9.68 million project improves safety, mobility for motorists
FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 10, 2014) – Local and state officials broke ground Wednesday for a new U.S. 68 interchange along the Louie B. Nunn/Cumberland Parkway in Metcalfe County.
“New infrastructure and development connect communities with more opportunities to grow and thrive,” said Gov. Steve Beshear. “This project opens the door for improved access to current and future economic development in Metcalfe County.”
The $9.68 million project includes construction of a new U.S. 68 bridge over the parkway. The new bridge will connect motorists to the parkway with a diamond interchange. The project will also reconstruct sections of Harvey Hurt Road, Industrial Access Road (KY 3524) and KY 1243.
Crews have begun grading and bridge work, as well as utility relocation and right of way clearance. The project is expected to be complete by the end of the year.
The parkway has only a single interchange in Metcalfe County – three miles west of Edmonton. Traffic from the industrial park on the east side of Edmonton must pass through the downtown to reach the interchange.
“Infrastructure plays a critical role in bringing growth to our communities,” said Sen. David Givens of Greensburg. “I look forward to seeing the impact these projects will have.”
L-M Asphalt Partners Ltd., of Lexington, was awarded the contract.