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Kentucky governor announces $753.6 million plan to widen, extend Mountain Parkway
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Wednesday, January 15, 2014 3:00 PM EST
Gov. Steve Beshear has unveiled a $753.6 million plan to widen and extend the Mountain Parkway.
He says it's expected that tolls will eventually be collected along the parkway to help finance the project.
The announcement comes as eastern Kentucky struggles from a downturn in its coal industry.
Beshear says it's time eastern Kentucky has the same four-lane access as other regions.
The proposal won praise from House Speaker Greg Stumbo and Senate President Robert Stivers. Both are from eastern Kentucky. Stumbo says the project will create an economic lifeline to an area that needs it.