FRANKFORT, KY (2/28/12) - U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield, (KY-01), Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Energy and Power, today hosted a delegation of transportation advocates including many from Kentucky to rally support for the Interstate 69 trans-American corridor, a Congressionally designated corridor.
“It is great to have people from across Kentucky and other states along the corridor in Washington to discuss this very important issue,” Whitfield said. “The completion of I-69, connecting Kentucky with our nation’s economic core, is vitally important to future economic development in the region.”
Whitfield continued, “Long term infrastructure projects across the country will be essential to keeping America’s competitive edge. The completion of I-69 will grow our Nation’s economy by creating 27,000 jobs, improve highway safety, and provide intermodal connections to move essential freight more efficiently throughout our country and beyond.”
Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear also delivered remarks at the briefing today, held in the Rayburn House Office Building near the Capitol.
“The addition to a second interstate highway corridor in the region will bring significant economic development opportunities in the Pennyrile area,” Beshear said. “That’s why we have worked so hard to move forward quickly to connect I-69 through our state.”
Beshear continued, “One of the highlights of my administration so far was announcing the designation of Interstate 69 in western Kentucky last fall. It is of vital importance to our citizens and communities to press forward with work to complete an entire I-69 corridor from the Ohio River at Henderson to the Tennessee border at Fulton.”
Rep. Whitfield and Gov. Beshear were joined today by Rep. Brett Guthrie (KY-02), Sen. John Boozman (R-AR), Deputy Administrator for the Federal Highway Administration Greg Nadeau, and delegations from Kentucky and Indiana.
Interstate 69 is a congressionally designated corridor that will run from points in South Texas, north through Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi, Tennessee, Kentucky, Indiana, and Michigan. The route passes through more than 150 counties and hundreds of cities, directly serving over 25 million people.
The I-69 Corridor through Kentucky runs from the I-164 Spur at Evansville, IN, crossing the Ohio River to Henderson. From Henderson, I-69 will follow the Pennyrile Parkway to eight miles south of Madisonville, then turn west on the Western Kentucky Parkway to Eddyville. From Eddyville, I-69 will run on Interstate 24 to Calvert City where it turns South on the Purchase Parkway to run through Mayfield to the Kentucky-Tennessee State Line at Fulton.
Completing I-69 will create a new national highway linking the economic centers of the United States and providing economic development opportunities along the route.
Information provided by Corry Schiermeyer
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