New road to industrial site built in Bell County

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

BELL COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - The so-called "bridge to nowhere" in Bell County now leads to somewhere.

A new three and a half mile road is finished from the bridge to the Asher Industrial Park.

"We're real excited to have that done. It's been a long time coming," said Judge-Executive Albey Brock.

Brock says local officials started in the 1990s trying to build the road. People who live and work near there are happy to see it finally exists.

"It's great! It's an interstate," said Billy Lee.

County officials say the road can help recruit new companies to the industrial site.

"It's obvious that coal is under attack. I think anyone that lives in the coalfields realizes that first hand and you know we've been fortunate to work on our infrastructure to our industrial park during this downturn. We might be able to get some industry up there," said Brock.

County officials believe this road will not only help recruit new industry but they believe it will also have a positive economic impact on the area. They say new industry will lead to more jobs which lead to more spending money in the area for other businesses.

"There may be some great potential up here in the future," said Lee.

Bell County officials say the next step is to install water and sewer lines at the site.

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