Federal officials approve I-69 addition in Kentucky

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MADISONVILLE, Ky. (AP) – State and federal officials have dedicated 40 miles of newly designated Interstate 69 in western Kentucky.

A statement from the U.S. Department of Transportation says the ceremony on Monday comes on the heels of the Federal Highway Administration approving the re-designation of the Edward T. Breathitt Pennyrile Parkway as I-69.

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Gov. Steve Beshear attended the event and unveiled a new red, white and blue highway sign marking the roadway as part of the interstate system.

Beshear said in a statement that attaining interstate status on the roadway comes after years of hard work and upgrades, and it will mean that thousands of people will have a safer, more efficient way to travel.

Rep. Jim Gooch of Providence said in the statement the project will boost the economy and tourism.



 

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