Project designed to improve connectivity, spur economic development
MOREHEAD, Ky. (March 30, 2015) — Gove. Steve Beshear and Rep. Hal Rogers joined local officials earlier today to cut the ribbon on a local roadway project—the Eagle Trace Road connector off KY 801 near Sharkey—that boosts state highway connectivity to spur economic development in the Rowan County region.
The Eagle Trace Road connector project, which finished last fall, was built under the direction of the Morehead-Rowan County Industrial Development Authority. The highway—now a county road—connects the airport road Rodney Hitch Boulevard, just off KY 801, with Ramey Ridge Road and fronts the authority’s industrial development land.
The $1.4 million project came about as an extension of the airport road project—a $2 million joint federal and state venture completed in 2011, connecting KY 801 to the Morehead-Rowan County Clyde A. Thomas Regional Airport. The airport road project began with an initial investment of $900,000 in federal funding.
Overall, the completion of Eagle Trace Road represents more than $3 million of investment into regional transportation by the federal government, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and the Morehead-Rowan County Industrial Development Authority.