“I’m not any more proud of anything we’ve done” than the designation of 97 miles of I-69 in Western Kentucky, said Governor Steven Beshear, asserting it would have “a long-lasting impact” on the region.
“It will bring a lot of advantages,” including safer travel and serving as “a powerful tool for economic development,” Beshear said. “All you have to do is go anywhere in the United States and see what an interstate brings,” he added.
Upon receiving the interstate designation, Christian County Chamber of Commerce President Carter Hendricks declared, “Having that Interstate designation … creates more marketability from an economic development perspective.”
The lynchpin of the conversion of the parkway system in western Kentucky to I-69 is the reconstruction of the Western Kentucky Parkway Interchange with the Pennyrile Parkway.
This project was selected as a design build candidate in the fall of 2013. In two months, our design build team developed final level construction plans for this $29 million interchange.
As with any Design Build Project, construction plans must be developed in the proposal process to a very high level of completeness to ensure that quantities are representative of the actual quantity needs during construction. After our selection as the winning team, we were able to finalize construction plans for the entire interchange including all geotechnical work and structures design within four months.
One exceptional item that we encountered was working hand in hand with both Atmos and Orbit Gas companies to provide a design solution to eliminate impacts to two major gas crossings.
At the peak of plan development over 25 engineers and technicians were working simultaneously to ensure the prompt completion of all plans. Construction on the interchange was completed in October 2015.