Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
Governor Fletcher Announces Study of Interstate ’Spur Route’ Connections in Owensboro

Press Release Date:  Thursday, September 06, 2007  
Contact Information:  Jodi Whitaker

Study will help local officials achieve their highest transportation priority

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher today told Owensboro business and community leaders that he is commissioning a $500,000 highway study to help them achieve their highest transportation priority – designation of the Audubon and William H. Natcher parkways as “spur route” connections to future Interstates 66 and 69.

The Governor made the announcement at the monthly “Rooster Booster” breakfast meeting of the Owensboro Chamber of Commerce.

“This study will help determine improvements that may be needed to bring the Audubon and Natcher parkways up to interstate highway standards,” Governor Fletcher said.  “I am committed to building a highway infrastructure that paves the way for economic opportunities and safe travel for decades to come.  This underscores my commitment to improve the quality of life for all Kentuckians.”

The future I-69 will include the Pennyrile and Western Kentucky (WK) parkways from Eddyville to Henderson. The preferred route for I-66 would trace the WK and the southern half of the Natcher Parkway from Eddyville to Bowling Green. The Audubon connects Owensboro and Henderson. The northern half of the Natcher begins at the Owensboro Bypass and intersects with the WK near Hartford.

“Recognizing that the future I-69 and I-66 routes will be located in close proximity and have the potential to boost economic development in the region, I believe we must act now to begin the process to ensure that the city of Owensboro and Daviess County are ready to reap the benefits that these interstate expansions will bring to the region,” Governor Fletcher said.

The study also will evaluate the capacity of the Owensboro Bypass for linking the two spur routes in Owensboro and determine how best to connect the spurs to the William H. Natcher Bridge, east of Owensboro.  The study also will set priorities. The study is expected to take about 18 months.