Elizabethtown Highway District
State, local officials dedicate Industrial Drive extension in Marion County
ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. (June 15, 2010) — A new road linking a major highway in Marion County with a local industrial site will bear the name of a fallen Kentucky National Guardsman.
Transportation Cabinet representatives, state legislators and local officials today in Lebanon unveiled signs naming the route connecting U.S. 68 to Metts Drive in memory of Sgt. Jonathan Adam Hughes, who died in Iraq in 2005.
Contract crews are finalizing work on the project, and the road will open this week.
“There is no way we can repay the debt owed to Sgt. Hughes and the many men and women who have fallen beside him throughout history defending our freedoms. However, we can work to keep his memory alive,” Acting Transportation Secretary Mike Hancock said. “It is the Transportation Cabinet’s great honor to help ensure the community, the state and whoever may drive along this roadway, does not forget the sacrifice Sgt. Hughes made for all of us.”
Hughes, 21, of Lebanon, was assigned to the Kentucky Army National Guard's Bravo Battery, 1st Battalion, 623rd Field Artillery, of Campbellsville, when he died after an explosive device detonated near the armored vehicle in which he was traveling. Hughes had joined the Guard in 2001 at age 17.
Hughes was among honorees for whom Kentucky roadways were named by Senate Joint Resolution 23, passed by the 2010 General Assembly.
“There is no greater sacrifice than of those who put their lives on the line for our country,” state Sen. Jimmy Higdon, of Lebanon, said. “It is a fitting honor for the state to name this new road in Sgt. Hughes’ memory.”
The new 2-mile route provides more direct access to Industrial Drive, where several manufacturing and industrial operations are located. The roadway meets U.S. 68 across from the Lebanon Bypass, runs south, intersecting KY 208, and joins Metts Drive near Industrial Drive.
A four-way stop was installed at the highway’s intersection with KY 208, and motorists are advised to use appropriate caution while traffic adapts to the new route.
“This new connection will provide relief from congestion for local traffic and allow Calvary-area residents better access to other roadways in addition to enhancing access to industrial plants,” state Rep. Terry Mills, of Lebanon, said. “I hope that all of us remember our local fallen heroes, such as Adam Hughes, each time we use the road.”
“It is with great pride and honor, that we dedicate this road to the memory and sacrifice of Sgt. Jonathan Adam Hughes,” Marion County Judge-Executive John Mattingly said. “This is a tremendous improvement for highway access to our local industrial facilities and a convenience for our workers and the traveling public.”
The $3.8 million construction project was funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.