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Funding awarded for bypass around Elizabethtown

Final section of project to connect bypass with I-65 and WK Parkway

I65 shieldELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. (Oct. 29, 2014) — Gov. Steve Beshear today presented a ceremonial check representing preconstruction funding to create a badly needed and long-awaited bypass around Elizabethtown.

The concept for the Ring Road bypass has been around since the late 1970s and early 1980s. The project first appeared in the Kentucky Highway Plan in 1998 and has been built in stages — initially as a two-lane facility but since widened to five lanes and now providing access to numerous commercial and industrial business sites.

It currently runs from U.S. 31W, around the western side of Elizabethtown to connect with the Wendell Ford Western Kentucky Parkway. The final extension will connect with Interstate 65.