Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
Governor Fletcher's Work for I-69 Brings Results

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, September 11, 2007  
Contact Information:  Jodi Whitaker

Mark Brown

Federal officials designate north-south interstate as ‘Corridor of the Future’

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Federal highway authorities have notified Governor Ernie Fletcher that the proposed Interstate 69 will be designated a “corridor of the future,” marking it for accelerated development.

“The distinction as a corridor of the future will help shore up public awareness and funding as this project moves forward,” said Governor Fletcher.  “Kentucky continues to lead in the effort to ensure I-69 transitions from concept to a reality in a timely manner.”

I-69 would pass through Kentucky and seven other states – Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi, Tennessee, Indiana and Michigan – all of which jointly applied for the “corridor of the future” designation.  The I-69 corridor is one of six in the nation so designated. 

Governor Fletcher has worked to make development of I-69 a priority in Kentucky, where a foundation for the expansion already exists.  The future I-69 will stretch about 150 miles through western Kentucky – Fulton to Henderson – along the Pennyrile, Western Kentucky and Purchase parkways and a section of I-24.

Governor Fletcher unveiled signs designating the future interstate last year. Construction and upgrades for the corridor are estimated at $796.7 million.

In addition, the Governor recently approved funding for a study to determine what’s needed to get the Audubon and Pennyrile parkways near Owensboro up to interstate standards, which would allow them to be designated as I-69 spur routes. 

“Work is progressing on many fronts to make this project a reality in Kentucky,” said Governor Fletcher. “The I-69 corridor project, as well as the related, secondary improvements, will stimulate new economic opportunities for the commonwealth and play a significant role in supplementing a crowded national highway network.”