Latest Appalachian highway contract $25 million

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has awarded nearly $25 million contract to build a 17-mile section of four-lane highway in the state's Appalachian region.

The improved U.S. 460 will run from south of Pikeville to the Virginia state line through an isolated portion of Pike County.

Gov. Steve Beshear said Tuesday the contract was awarded to Bizzack Construction with a deadline for completing construction by Nov. 30, 2016.

Beshear said the existing two-lane highway, known for its many twists and turns, is "an obstacle to economic development" in that region of the state.

Once completed, Beshear said the new highway will also be safer for motorists.

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