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Welcome center in southern Kentucky closes for updates

January 2, 2020 GMT

FRANKLIN, Ky. (AP) — A welcome center in southern Kentucky closed Thursday for demolition and reconstruction, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet said.

The Simpson County Welcome Center, which borders Tennessee on Interstate 65, was built in 1974. It hasn’t had a major upgrade in decades and needs frequent minor repairs, WBKO-TV reported.

The center will have limited access for commercial trucks during the closure.

The new facility is expected to be completed in the fall of 2020. Officials say it will be ADA compliant and will have increased safety features and more bathrooms and improved signage.

Officials say there are multiple nearby exits in Kentucky and Tennessee with access to restaurants, gas stations and other amenities.