Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
Governor Fletcher Breaks Ground on Elizabethtown's Ring Road Extension Project

Press Release Date:  Friday, August 24, 2007  
Contact Information:  Jodi Whitaker

Mark Brown

Extension will open new economic avenues, improve transportation link

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher today joined officials from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and local government in breaking ground for a $7 million extension of Ring Road – a vital transportation artery in Hardin County.

“The Ring Road extension project exemplifies my administration’s efforts to open doors to new opportunities for Kentuckians,” Governor Fletcher during a ceremony in Elizabethtown.  “With a growing economy and a bustling Army post nearby, transportation infrastructure is important to the prosperity of this community.  Moving forward with this project will ease congestion in the area and set the stage for linkage to the Western Kentucky Parkway.”

This section of the project will extend Ring Road by 1.46 miles – from U.S. 62, on the west side of Elizabethtown, to Gaither Station Road (CR 1133).  KYTC officials expect another section, which will further extend the roadway to the Wendell H. Ford Western Kentucky Parkway, to be awarded early next year. 

U.S. Rep. Ron Lewis (R-Ky.) applauded Governor Fletcher and KYTC for moving the project forward.

“This project will improve road infrastructure within Hardin County’s commercial and industrial center, alleviating traffic congestion and creating new opportunities to enhance future economic growth,” said Lewis.

“Ensuring adequate transportation infrastructure is vital to the future of our region,” said Sen. Elizabeth Tori (R-Radcliff).  “I am proud to join Governor Fletcher and the Transportation Cabinet leadership to mark this important day as we break ground on the Ring Road extension.  This project will deliver new potential for this community.”

“This is an important project that will help improve our transportation network in Hardin County,” said Rep. Jimmie Lee (D-Elizabethtown).  “With a growing economic base in Elizabethtown and Fort Knox to the north, the Ring Road expansion will be an asset to the entire region.  I want to thank Governor Fletcher and the Transportation Cabinet for helping move this project forward.”

Construction on the project is expected to begin within weeks.