Owensboro officials tout interstate study

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - In Owensboro, Kentucky's fourth-largest city, there's no instant access to an interstate seen as a magnet for job growth. But officials there are riding hopes that a new study will put them on a path toward becoming aligned with a highway running from Tennessee to Michigan.

The report found that a proposed Interstate 67 would attract 16,000 to 30,000 vehicles daily along most of its length in 2035 if the corridor is built without tolls. Higher traffic volumes are projected along the Kentucky section.

The corridor is envisioned to stretch from I-65 at Nashville, Tenn., to I-196 in western Michigan.

Daviess County, Ky., Judge-Executive Al Mattingly says having an interstate through Owensboro would be a "tremendous boon."

He says the corridor would mean more spending on gas, food and lodging and would make the city more attractive to business.

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