Friday, December 19, 2014

Portion of New U.S. 460 Opens

Leaders from Eastern Kentucky and across the state Thursday celebrated the opening of a road in Pike County that could pave the way for economic expansion.

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 Shelby Valley High School drew hundreds of people, including Governor Steve Beshear, who thinks it's a boost for all of Eastern Kentucky.

The highway is named after Pike 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.