Fletcher Announces $61 Million For McCreary County Highway, Community Projects

By: Jeff Allen Email
By: Jeff Allen Email

The governor made visits to several communities throughout Southeastern Kentucky Thursday. One of them to officially announce millions of dollars for one major road project. Many are saying it's been a long time coming.

Frankie Ball fondly remembers going to her grandparents when she was little, but the drive through Southern Kentucky to get there, not so much.

"We went at least once a week to McCreary County. The winding roads, it's always been very dangerous," Ball said.

Local and state leaders say they've worked for over 20 years to expand Kentucky 92 into a better road and say they've now finally secured state money to complete the project.

"And I know future generations of folks in Whitley County and McCreary County will be positively affected by what's going to happen," said Senate President David Williams.

Kentucky 92 will be expanded from 2 to 4 lanes from Williamsburg to U.S. 27 in McCreary County.

"Future generations of Americans will get the opportunity to see all the beauty of our mountains opened up," Williams said.

And several improvements will be made in and around the Highway 92 and I-75 interchange in Williamsburg.

"And we know it will open up tourism and economic development in so many ways," Governor Ernie Fletcher said.

And make it a much smoother ride for so many who travel through Southern Kentucky for work, play, or to visit family.

"We are finally getting a new road. A big wide road that will be good for a long time," Ball said.

Officials say portions of the project should be complete by 2011.

The governor also stopped in Corbin Thursday afternoon to make a funding announcement regarding a new convention center.

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