The development of an I-69 corridor in western Kentucky took another big step forward Friday with the opening of an extended and widened ramp connecting I-69 southbound lanes to I-24 westbound lanes in Lyon County. Transportation officials say the new ramp is among 9.9-million dollars in improvements scheduled under an agreement between the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and the Federal Highway Administration, by which 38 miles of the former Wendell Ford Western Kentucky Parkway was elevated to interstate highway status.
The ramp has been closed for the extensive work since June, with I-69 traffic detouring along U.S. 62 through Eddyville to connect with I-24 westbound. Some additional electrical work for new lighting at the interchange will be completed with shoulder closures in coming weeks.
Another agreed upgrade, work to increase the vertical clearance on an overpass near the Hopkins-Caldwell county line, has also been completed. And work is progressing on a project to increase vertical clearance at the KY 91 and KY 293 overpasses at Princeton. Traffic on I-69/WK Pkwy at that site remains restricted to two lanes of traffic with completion expected in the next two months. Installation of new signs along the upgraded section is continuing.