WINCHESTER, Ky. (AP) - An interchange connecting the Bert T. Combs Mountain Parkway to Kentucky 974 in Clark County will soon be open to traffic.
Gov. Steve Beshear and local officials cut the ribbon for the $8.3 million project on Wednesday after about 18 months of work on the diamond interchange.
The interchange includes four new ramps, a new 297-foot bridge and reconstruction of Kentucky 974 for almost a mile.
Beshear's office says the project will accommodate traffic growth expected from a nearby industrial park and the J.K. Smith Power Station, will improve access to eastern Clark County and will alleviate the burden of heavy commercial vehicles on some rural roads.
The new interchange is also expected to allow quicker emergency response in the area.
Some lighting is still to be installed, with the interchange expected to open by mid-September.