WKY legislators want I-69 bridge in state highway plan

The Western Kentucky Caucus is asking Gov. Steve Beshear to include the proposed Interstate 69 bridge in Henderson in the 2008 state highway plan.

The caucus, which includes 32 state senators and representatives from west of Interstate 65, sent a letter last week to Beshear with their request following a meeting in Frankfort.

Interstate 69 is expected to run through Kentucky from Henderson to Madisonville and Eddyville before entering Tennessee in the southwestern corner of the state. The interstate will include portions of the Pennyrile and Western Kentucky parkways that will upgraded to be able to interstate standards.

In its July 10 letter to the governor, the caucus explains that the proposed interstate bridge at Henderson has received no funding so far despite work to complete the Indiana portion of the expanded interstate.

“The project will open not only highways, but much needed economic opportunities for Western Kentucky,” the letter states.

A revised version of the state’s two-year highway construction plan was presented by the Kentucky Transportaiton Cabinet last month, but did not include funding for the Henderson bridge.

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