Governor Steve Beshear's Communications Office
Gov. Beshear, Rep. Rogers Cut Ribbon on Eagle Trace Road Connector

Press Release Date:  Monday, March 30, 2015  
Contact Information:  Kerri Richardson
Terry Sebastian

Project designed to improve connectivity, spur economic development

MOREHEAD, Ky. – Governor Steve Beshear and Rep. Hal Rogers joined local officials earlier today to cut the ribbon on a local roadway project – the Eagle Trace Road connector off KY 801 near Sharkey – that boosts state highway connectivity to spur economic development in the Rowan County region.

“Given its close proximity to Interstate 64, this project encourages future economic growth and opportunity for the region,” said Gov. Beshear. “I want to thank our local, state and federal partners, including Congressman Rogers, for supporting construction of this long-awaited project.”

“This entire project is a testament to effective visionary planning and partnerships,” said Congressman Rogers. “I want to commend state and local leaders for having the foresight to develop this land for the regional airport and industrial park in a way that will benefit future economic development opportunities in Rowan and surrounding counties.”

The Eagle Trace Road connector project, which finished last fall, was built under the direction of the Morehead-Rowan County Industrial Development Authority. The highway – now a county road – connects the airport road Rodney Hitch Boulevard, just off KY 801, with Ramey Ridge Road and fronts the authority's industrial development land.

The $1.4 million project came about as an extension of the airport road project – a $2 million joint federal and state venture completed in 2011, connecting KY 801 to the Morehead-Rowan County Clyde A. Thomas Regional Airport. The airport road project began with an initial investment of $900,000 in federal funding.

“This is an important project that will not only improve traffic flow and public safety, but will also increase access to industrial development for future economic and job growth in the region,” said House Majority Floor Leader Rocky Adkins, of Sandy Hook. “I was proud to play a part in ensuring this appropriation was made in the 2010 transportation budget that helped make this project a reality.”

“Making the Clyde A. Thomas Airport more accessible through the Eagle Trace Road project was a no-brainer for stimulating economic activity in my district, especially in Rowan County,” said Sen. Steve West, of Paris. “I am excited to see the regional impact this project will have, and as a new State Senator, I was happy to be part of the ribbon-cutting ceremony Monday.”

Overall, the completion of Eagle Trace Road represents more than $3 million of investment into regional transportation by the federal government, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and the Morehead-Rowan County Industrial Development Authority.

“This project is an important catalyst in spurring future economic development in Morehead-Rowan County,” said Rowan County Judge-Executive Walter “Doc” Blevins. “We are excited to open this highway and pave the path to future success.”

“This project is another example of what can be accomplished when agencies and officials collaborate for the common good,” said Morehead Mayor Jim Tom Trent. “When there is more concern about the project itself than about who gets credit for the project, great things can be achieved.”