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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  • by j Location: floyd on Jul 14, 2008 at 06:15 PM
    The last I heard about I-66 was it was going thru the Dainel Boon forest. Why not just widen the parkway, and make it a nice 4-lane and not take any more of the forest. Lets save it for the furture..
  • by J Location: E KY on Jul 14, 2008 at 01:21 PM
    All this fuss about building a road, every dollar that is spent here at home is not wasted. That is one less dollar that will be used to keep up Bush's war. Plus I think this new road should be used to haul out the republicans that have put us in this horrible mess to start with, hmm are they even trying to fix anything. . . no
  • by Chuck Location: Letcher CO on Jul 14, 2008 at 05:44 AM
    I'm sure the folks in London are quite content with the degree of development going on there and have little use for I-66. Why not poll people from Manchester to Pikeville and see how they feel. This area has been pretty much left behind and could certainly use the economic boost from a major interstate highway. I'm still wondering when US23 starts to become the roadbed for I-26. It's highly touted in North Carolina and Tennessee, but you never hear anything about it in Kentucky.
  • by No66 Location: London on Jul 14, 2008 at 05:09 AM
    I-66...our tax dollars at work, except cross out the word work & insert the word WASTE! Traffic is down about 10% nationwide, who will drive on I-66? The shot of 80 shows the standard amount of traffic, its not like we are sitting in traffic jams travelling on it. Let's fix the roads we got! And the price tag? Not $50 million, but BILLIONS! Why not report what I-66 will really cost? Bottom line? WE CAN'T AFFORD IT! Let's put those road dollars to work where its most needed!
  • by Bill on Jul 14, 2008 at 04:57 AM
    Build it now,maybe we can haul these back wards overbearring democrats out of here.

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