Leaders from Eastern Kentucky and across the state Thursday celebrated the opening of a road in
that could pave
the way for economic expansion. Pike
The first half of the new U.S. 460 is now open and transportation officials are hoping the improved highway not only helps with the flow of traffic, but steers new jobs to the area.
The new stretch of highway runs from U.S. 23 south of Pikeville to Marrowbone.
The ceremony to open the highway at
School drew hundreds of people, including Governor Steve
Beshear, who thinks it's a boost for all of Eastern
The highway is named after
County natives Jacob Brandon Rowe and
Gary Brent Coleman, who served in the military and died while fighting in the Middle East.
Crews have completed eight miles of the road project. They expect to have the other roughly eight miles finished by 2020.
The cost for the entire project is expected to exceed $700 million. The state only paid for 20 percent of that with the rest of the funding coming from the federal government.