"They'll be able to go directly from the industrial park onto the parkway as opposed to having to come downtown and go all the way through town creating a lot of traffic problems for everybody including themselves." -Governor Steve Beshear
EDMONTON, Ky. (WBKO) -- A project expected to bring a big impact to Metcalfe County was ceremonially started Wednesday afternoon by Governor Steve Beshear.
"This is a $9.68 million project. That's a big number to a boy from Dawson Springs. I don't know about Edmonton," said the Governor.
That project is a new interchange between U.S. 68 and the Cumberland Parkway near the industrial park.
The turning of dirt by officials at the ceremony means progress is coming to the area in more ways than one.
"They'll be able to go directly from the industrial park onto the parkway as opposed to having to come downtown and go all the way through town creating a lot of traffic problems for everybody including themselves," added Governor Beshear.
The new bridge being built between the two main roads, along with the reconstruction of sections of surrounding roads has been in the works for some time.
"This is been in the planning and discussion for over 20 years. When I was elected 6 years ago it came up at the top of the list. Local community leaders kept saying over and over that this is a key project for us to move forward. So, I'm excited!" said Senator David Givens, R-Greensburg.
State officials from the area know a bigger picture is in play here , and expect the new diamond interchange to only be the first step.
"This is the first part of what I think is going to make a corridor between this parkway and the Tennessee line. This will tie into the work done to Monroe County over the last ten years," said Rep. Bart Rowland, R-Tompkinsville.
Wednesday's ground breaking was more symbolic than anything else. In fact, construction workers have been on the site for four or five months and officials said the project could be finished by the end of this year.
The completion of the project will create only the second exit on the Cumberland Parkway in Metcalfe County.