WKU Public Radio News Staff
Mon January 13, 2014
Contract Awarded to Complete Next Phase of I-69 Project in Hopkins County
Governor Beshear has announced a new contract to remake a major interchange along the Interstate-69 corridor in Hopkins County.
The latest phase of the project involves creating a cloverleaf interchange connecting I-69 with the Breathitt-Pennyrile parkway, south of Madisonville.
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.
Political and business leaders hope upgrading the existing roadway will boost jobs and economic activity along the I-69 corridor.
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.