I-69 http://wkyufm.org en Contract Awarded To Upgrade KY56 Interchange Near Sebree As Part of I-69 Preparations http://wkyufm.org/post/contract-awarded-upgrade-ky56-interchange-near-sebree-part-i-69-preparations <p>Kentucky has awarded a $10 million dollar contract to a Missouri company to reconstruct the Breathitt-Pennyrile Parkway/Kentucky 56 interchange near Sebree. &nbsp;The upgrade, to be completed by Dumey Contracting, will help bring the parkway up to interstate highway standards as the state continues work on completing the I-69 corridor.<br /><br />“This is another important step toward completion of I-69 in western Kentucky,” Gov. Steve Beshear said in a written statement. “An additional interstate route means additional opportunity for economic development in western Kentucky and, indeed, throughout the Commonwealth. And the improvements being made in the I-69 corridor will result in safer, more efficient travel through the region.”<br /><br />Work is expected to be complete on the Kentucky 56 interchange by October, 2015.&nbsp; After that, Governor Steve Beshear’s office says, the only interchange left to upgrade on the Pennyrile will be at Morton’s Gap.<br /><br />Fifty-five miles of highway in western Kentucky currently feature the I-69 shield.<br /> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:31:11 +0000 WKU Public Radio News 51527 at http://wkyufm.org Contract Awarded To Upgrade KY56 Interchange Near Sebree As Part of I-69 Preparations Contract Awarded to Complete Next Phase of I-69 Project in Henderson, Hopkins, Webster Counties http://wkyufm.org/post/contract-awarded-complete-next-phase-i-69-project-henderson-hopkins-webster-counties <p></p><p>Governor Beshear has announced the awarding of a contract that will lead to the next round of highway improvements related to the Interstate-69 project. Hall Contracting of Kentucky Inc. won the contract with a bid of just under $12 million.</p><p>The new project involves upgrading a 36-mile stretch of the Pennyrile Parkway that runs through Henderson, Hopkins, and Webster counties. The improvements will &nbsp;include new pavement and lighting, and the widening of overpass bridges.</p><p>The project’s targeted completion date is Aug. 1, 2015.</p><p>The ultimate goal is to have Interstate-69 in Kentucky run from the Ohio River in Henderson south to the Tennessee border at Fulton. Before that can happen, portions of three parkways have to be upgraded—the Pennyrile, Western Kentucky, and Purchase.</p><p>Those three parkways were all once toll roads. One of the challenges of finishing the I-69 project has been the rebuilding of interchanges originally designed to handle motorists stopping at toll plazas, as opposed to merging and exiting from 70 miles per hour interstate traffic. Tue, 17 Jun 2014 18:48:43 +0000 WKU Public Radio News 49705 at http://wkyufm.org Contract Awarded to Complete Next Phase of I-69 Project in Henderson, Hopkins, Webster Counties Study Looks at Costs of Three Owensboro-Area Interstate Plans http://wkyufm.org/post/study-looks-costs-three-owensboro-area-interstate-plans <p></p><p>A new study is attaching cost estimates to proposals that would provide an interstate spur for the Owensboro region.</p><p>The study, commissioned by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, looked at plans for an I-69 spur-designation for the Audubon Parkway, and an I-66/I-65 spur for the Natcher Parkway.</p><p>Among the key findings of the study:</p><p>*The cost for upgrading over 23 miles of the Audubon, from Henderson to the U.S. 60 interchange at Owensboro, would run between $14 million and $15 million. Such a move would require the Pennyrile Parkway to be upgraded to I-69 status at the western end of the Audubon.</p><p>*Obtaining an I-65 spur status, by upgrading 72 miles of the Natcher Parkway stretching from I-65 in Bowling Green to U.S. 60 in Owensboro, would cost $66 million to $76 million.</p><p>*Upgrading U.S. 60 and 72 miles of the Natcher would cost as much as $148 million. The consultants advised against trying to designate U.S. 60 as a spur, citing high costs and the surrounding residential area. Mon, 02 Jun 2014 21:29:23 +0000 Kevin Willis 48972 at http://wkyufm.org Study Looks at Costs of Three Owensboro-Area Interstate Plans Contract Awarded to Complete Next Phase of I-69 Project in Hopkins County http://wkyufm.org/post/contract-awarded-complete-next-phase-i-69-project-hopkins-county <p></p><p>Governor Beshear has announced a new contract to remake a major interchange along the Interstate-69 corridor in Hopkins County.</p><p>The latest phase of the project involves creating a cloverleaf interchange connecting I-69 with the Breathitt-Pennyrile parkway, south of Madisonville.</p><p>The $29 million contract was awarded to the Nashville-based Rogers Group, Inc., and Louisville-based Qk4 Inc., with a completion date set for May of 2015. Kentucky’s stretch of I-69 will eventually run north to south from Henderson to Fulton, in far western Kentucky.</p><p>Political and business leaders hope upgrading the existing roadway will boost jobs and economic activity along the I-69 corridor.</p><p>Completing the project will mean major upgrades to parts of the Pennyrile, Western Kentucky, and Purchase Parkways, which were not built to handle traffic merging into 70-mile-per hour roadways. Mon, 13 Jan 2014 19:12:51 +0000 Kevin Willis 42383 at http://wkyufm.org Contract Awarded to Complete Next Phase of I-69 Project in Hopkins County Daviess County Leaders Drum Up Interest in I-67 Plan http://wkyufm.org/post/daviess-county-leaders-drum-interest-i-67-plan <p>Business leaders in Indiana and Kentucky are joining forces to drive interest in a cost-effective interstate proposal that would use existing infrastructure to link the states.</p><p>The Interstate 67 project would tie into Interstate 69 near Washington, Ind., and eventually link up with Interstate 65 in Bowling Green, Ky.</p><p>Washington Mayor Joe Wellman says the ability to tie into I-69 in Washington has spurred interest among Daviess County officials.</p><p><a href="http://bit.ly/13LRvv9" target="_blank">The Washington Times-Herald reports </a>a $200,000 study shows the road would draw at least 16,000 vehicles a day and could ease congestion on I-65 near Louisville.</p><p>Coalition member Hank Menke says there's no money for the project right now. But he hopes the study has sent a strong message to state transportation officials that the idea is worth considering. Wed, 11 Sep 2013 16:37:32 +0000 Associated Press 36866 at http://wkyufm.org Court Rules Against Indiana Opponents of I-69 Extension http://wkyufm.org/post/court-rules-against-indiana-opponents-i-69-extension <p>A federal judge has ruled against opponents of the $3 billion Interstate 69 extension between Indianapolis and Evansville who claimed the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers violated federal law by giving Indiana permission to fill wetlands and reroute streams along part of the 142-mile road. Wed, 25 Jul 2012 18:31:09 +0000 Associated Press 16225 at http://wkyufm.org Court Rules Against Indiana Opponents of I-69 Extension