Officials break ground on road improvement project

SANDY HOOK, Ky. (AP) - Sixteen years after the state began making improvements to Kentucky 7, a major corridor into Elliott County, officials including the governor gathered to break ground on the fourth phase of the project.

The Independent (http://bit.ly/14yroUi) reports Gov. Steve Beshear and state Rep. Rocky Adkins attended a ceremony Monday marking the start of work on a section of the highway that runs from Kentucky 885 to the Carter County line.

Initially, work to widen and straighten a narrow, curvy section of the highway and replace an aging steel-beam bridge with a concrete one began in 1997.

Adkins said poor access has been difficult to overcome as the county seeks to bring in new jobs. He said he hopes the road improvements will help economic development.

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