Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
Governor Fletcher, Transportation Officials Break Ground on Christian County Parkway Extension

Press Release Date:  Thursday, May 25, 2006  
Contact Information:  Brett Hall
Jodi Whitaker
Troy Body

Doug Hogan
Shaunee Lynch

Work begins on first phase of the $25 million Christian County project

FRANKFORT, Ky. –  Governor Ernie Fletcher and Transportation Secretary Bill Nighbert joined area legislators and county officials in Hopkinsville today to break ground on the first phase of extending the Breathitt-Pennyrile Parkway from U.S. 41-A to Interstate 24.

“Kentuckians deserve safe, smooth highways,” said Governor Fletcher. “This project reflects my administration’s vision to provide a safe and reliable transportation network that leads to new economic opportunities.”

Secretary Bill Nighbert said the project is an important part of improving Kentucky’s transportation network to help support economic development.

“In recent months, we’ve announced more than $104 million worth of projects,” said Secretary Nighbert. “Through the leadership of Governor Fletcher, these new projects will help to repair and upgrade our aging highway infrastructure and provide safer roads that will further economic development and enhance safe travel for all Kentuckians. Specifically, this project will allow truck traffic traveling on the parkway to have a direct route to I-24, improving traffic flow and making travel safer for Christian County citizens and others who make local trips on U.S. 41-A between Hopkinsville and Fort Campbell.”

Governor Fletcher said extending the parkway will provide specific economic benefits that go well beyond Hopkinsville and Christian County.

“This new extension provides better interstate connectivity and has obvious benefits for Hopkinsville,” said Governor Fletcher. “It is important to note the additional benefits this improved north-south link will have for Madisonville, Henderson and other points along both the Pennyrile and Western Kentucky Parkways.”

“We have been working diligently to make improvements to our highway infrastructure,” said Marc Williams, Commissioner of Highways. “Our first goal is to create a safe and reliable highway system for Kentuckians and people who visit our commonwealth, but it is even better when we can induce economic prosperity at the same time.”

The first phase of the Pennyrile Parkway extension runs from the present end of the parkway at U.S. 41-A in Hopkinsville to the U.S. 68 Hopkinsville Bypass (Martin Luther King Blvd.).  The low bid was submitted by Rogers Group Inc. of Hopkinsville.

Work on the Hopkinsville parkway extension has already started, with the first phase taking approximately 422 working days to complete.

Phase two, now in design for construction at a future date, is expected to extend the parkway to Lovers Lane where it will provide improved access to the Hopkinsville Convention Center and associated developments.