The development of an Interstate 69 corridor in western Kentucky took another step forward today with the opening of an extended and widened ramp connecting I-69 southbound lanes to I-24 westbound lanes in Lyon County.
Kentucky Highway Department Spokesman Keith Todd says the new ramp is among 9.9 million dollars worth of improvements scheduled under an agreement between the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and the Federal Highway Administration by which 38 miles of the former Western Kentucky Parkway was elevated to interstate status.
The ramp had been closed since June, with drivers wanting to get on I-24 having to detour through Eddyville. There will still be some electrical work ongoing along the highway’s shoulder, but Todd says the detour is no longer necessary.
Department officials say they are also on track to have reconstruction of the KY 109 interchange at Dawson Springs listed for bidding next month. That project is separate from the 9.9 million dollars worth of upgrades, but is part of the overall goal.