Sun. Mar 29th, 2020

Kentucky House Bill

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GLASGOW, Ky. – Several organizations and elected officials have banded together to support
efforts to upgrade the existing Louie B. Nunn Cumberland Parkway to an Interstate 65 spur.
The first step in the process is to acquire necessary funding to conduct a study that would reveal
operational and safety upgrade needs. Those upgrades would bring the roadway to compliance
with minimum standards for entry into the federal highway system. Officials estimate the nine to
12-month study to cost $500,000, a Barren County Economic Authority press release said.
“As the economic development organization for Barren County, it is our mission to provide
economic development resources in Barren County that attract new business and industry, retain
and support existing business expansion and support infrastructure development that meets the
needs of business and industry and advance the overall well-being of the community,” said
Maureen Carpenter, Executive Director of the Barren County Economic Authority. “A key to
meeting that mission is to have interstate accessibility. This is an issue that has been discussed
here in Barren County for a number of years and we are excited about the potential growth that
could come to our area by connecting interstate miles running North, South, East and West.”
Kentucky House Bill 440, introduced Feb. 18, is sponsored by Steve Riley, Jeff Hoover, Bart
Rowland, Tommy Turner and Ken Upchurch. That bill proposes a name change from Louie B.
Nunn Cumberland Parkway to Louie B. Nunn Cumberland Expressway.
The bill includes language that, within 30 days of the effective date, highway signs and markings
would be changed; and changes would be made on maps, websites, databases and official
highway lists.
The bill passed its third reading 95-0. If passed by the Senate, new signage could be along the
roadway as soon as this fall, the BCEA said.
“I am glad to be able to be a part of this process and to help economic development in the
Commonwealth with an I-65 spur,” Riley said. “I believe the house is supportive but timing is
uncertain with the impact of the COVID-19 virus impacting the legislative session.”
Officials hope changing the roadway from a “parkway” to “expressway” will shift the
impression of the roadway from a limited access road with signals or roundabouts, to a roadway
with faster traffic and controlled entrances and exits.
That name change will drive economic development opportunities, the BCEA said.

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