Contract awarded to rebuild interchange in Hopkins Co. for I-69

Published: Jun. 12, 2015 at 2:13 PM CDT|Updated: May. 19, 2016 at 5:28 PM CDT
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HOPKINS CO., KY (WFIE) - Governor Steve Beshear announced Friday the award of a contract for more of the improvements needed to bring the Pennyrile Parkway up to interstate highway standards and eventual designation as Interstate 69.

The project involves reconstruction of the interchange at Mortons Gap.

The existing interchange will be converted to a diamond interchange to accommodate traffic moving at modern highway speeds.

"This is another important step in the I-69 Corridor project through western Kentucky," Gov. Beshear said. "It will result in an interchange that meets federal interstate standards and get us even closer to completion."

Reconstruction of the interchange is part of a larger project to upgrade a portion of the Pennyrile Parkway to become part of I-69.

When the corridor is complete, I-69 will run north to south from the Ohio River at Henderson to the Tennessee line at Fulton.

One of the main challenges of the I-69 project has been the need to rebuild interchanges that were designed to accommodate drivers who were slowing and stopping at toll plazas, as opposed to merging with or exiting from 70 mph interstate traffic.

The Mortons Gap interchange was among nine targeted for reconstruction. Five other interchanges are completed or under construction.

To date, 55 miles of the corridor are complete, from roughly Nortonville to the interchange of I-24 and the Purchase Parkway near Calvert City in Marshall County.

The remaining portion of the I-69 Corridor between Henderson and the Western Kentucky Parkway is scheduled to have signs in place by the end of 2015.

The project is expected to be complete by June 2017.

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