New Push For Interstate 66

By: Dara Rees Email
By: Dara Rees Email

It could eventually connect much of the country to eastern Kentucky.

A new push is in place on plans to connect I-66 across commonwealth.

However, not everyone is happy about the plan.

Right now a purple line on a map shows future plans for Interstate 66 to connect from eastern Kentucky to the rest of the state.

It is a plan that some say is critical for our part of the commonwealth.

“It ties this congressional district and the southern part of the state economically and culturally,” Pat Wooton said.

Not everyone is ready for the road.

One woman says early plans for the new 66 cut through the Daniel Boone National Forest and across her property.

“It was going to go right through down the bottom of our driveway. Luckily for us, but not for the people up the road, they have changed the route. To go closer to 80,” Sue Koplowitz said.

Sue Koplowitz has opposed Interstate 66 construction for years and says eastern Kentucky already has plenty of roads to get eastern Kentuckians where they want to go.

“We have 80. We have a place to have the commercial development and the economic development. Let's develop that before we think we have to have another road,” Koplowitz said.

Supporters of the project say the interstate will help open up eastern and southern Kentucky to the rest of the country.

“I think this is the greater good to our section of the commonwealth. Southern and eastern Kentucky is really important here,” Wooton said.

Construction for Interstate 66 is already underway in some other areas of the state.

The price tag for the entire Interstate 66 project is expected to exceed 50 million dollars.

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