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WKDAVE:
Doesn't this "violate" naming rules?  Shouldn't it be an even first number since it connects two interstates?

For example I-205 connects I-5 to I-580 in CA.

WESTERN KENTUCKY (4/3/19) — U.S. Rep. James Comer and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell today introduced companion legislation to begin the process of designating a section of the Wendell H. Ford Western Kentucky Parkway in Muhlenberg and Ohio counties as a spur of Interstate 69 (I-369). The pieces of legislation would add the section of roadway to the list of “High Priority Corridors,” and, once additional steps have been taken at the state and federal levels to make the designation official, would label the roadway as I-369.
 
This new designation will highlight the region’s connections with the federal interstate highway system and aid in attracting new industry and economic development to this area.
 
“A federal interstate designation can bolster the Western Kentucky Parkway’s capacity to drive economic development and new jobs in Ohio and Muhlenberg counties,” said McConnell. “Together with Congressman Comer and local leaders, we are working to support the region’s growth to benefit workers and families. As Senate Majority Leader, I consistently work to bring national attention to Kentucky’s priorities, and I’m hopeful this designation will be enacted to deliver positive results for the Commonwealth.”
 
“Designating this crucial section of the Western Kentucky Parkway as a federal interstate spur instantly enhances Muhlenberg and Ohio counties’ attractiveness as an industrial destination. This will lead to better paying jobs and greater opportunities for both communities,” Comer said.
 
Melinda Gibbons-Prunty, state representative for Muhlenberg and Hopkins counties, said, "I applaud Congressman Comer and Sen. McConnell for bringing forth this important I-69 legislation. They, along with the rest of our federal delegation, the Muhlenberg Alliance for Progress Economic Development Board, county officials, Senator Embry and myself are all working together to be proactive to help make this designation a possibility. Hopefully by making it a ‘High Priority Corridor’ the process will be sped up so that we can attract businesses to locate in the region.”
 
Gary Jones, director of the Muhlenberg Alliance for Progress, said, “This Interstate 369 designation for the Wendell H. Ford Parkway will be another piece of the economic puzzle we are trying to assemble in Muhlenberg and Ohio counties. The word ‘parkway’ has many different connotations across the nation, but everyone knows what an interstate highway is. It will definitely help us in our marketing efforts going forward.”
 
Scott Lewis, state representative for Ohio County, said, “This designation of this stretch of the Western Kentucky Parkway as a spur of I-69 is terrific news for our area’s infrastructure and will highlight our attractiveness for new economic development and industry. I want to thank Congressman Comer and Sen. McConnell for all of their work to push this on the federal level, as it will be a tremendous benefit to our communities.”

wdcrft63:
Yes, the number should be I-x69 with x=an even number. Hopefully AASHTO or FHWA would make this determination.

I'm surprised, though, that the proposal doesn't extend the interstate designation all the way to I-65. If that were done, several folks in the forum have suggested that the parkway could be designated as an extension of I-71 rather than as a spur of I-69. Or, I suppose, it could be I-68.

jnewkirk77:
I sent a letter to Rep. Guthrie suggesting the I-71 extension. He has been a big help in getting 165 done, so perhaps he can get things rolling. Hopefully the idea will be given a chance.

WKDAVE:

--- Quote from: wdcrft63 on April 07, 2019, 05:12:46 PM ---Yes, the number should be I-x69 with x=an even number. Hopefully AASHTO or FHWA would make this determination.

I'm surprised, though, that the proposal doesn't extend the interstate designation all the way to I-65. If that were done, several folks in the forum have suggested that the parkway could be designated as an extension of I-71 rather than as a spur of I-69. Or, I suppose, it could be I-68.

--- End quote ---

I am surprised they didn't extended it either, except that Congressman's district (who proposed it) ends in county where it ends. Also surprised because the only "bow tie" toll booth interchange on WK Parkway is in the area they want to up grade.

vdeane:
I'd much rather this be an I-71 extension and I-369 saved for the Audubon Parkway (wasn't the latter proposed at one time?).

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