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Officials celebrate completed eastern Kentucky highway

July 21, 2022 GMT

TYNER, Ky. (AP) — Elected officials celebrated the completion of a $220 million highway project in eastern Kentucky that improved the route for three rural counties to Interstate 75 in London.

The final stretch of the new Kentucky 30 straightened the route between Tyner in Jackson County to Travellers Rest in Owsley County.

Gov. Andy Beshear and Rep. Hal Rogers joined other officials on Wednesday in Tyner to mark the completion of the 20-year transportation project. The new wider highway stretches from Booneville to London.

Beshear unveiled signage naming a portion of the final segment in Jackson County after former state Rep. Marie Rader.

“This project shaved off half the time it took to go from Booneville to London, making life-saving emergency services quicker,” Beshear said in a media release from the governor’s office.

Rogers called the project “a major enhancement for the many drivers who commute for work through Owsley, Jackson and Laurel counties, while also opening this portion of our region for economic development opportunities.”