- Associated Press - Monday, December 15, 2014

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A contract has been awarded to make more improvements to bring the Purchase Parkway in western Kentucky up to interstate highway standards and eventual designation as Interstate 69.

Gov. Steve Beshear’s administration says the project involves reconstruction of the interchange at Kentucky 348 at Benton in Marshall County.

State officials say the contract was awarded to Jim Smith Contracting Co. on a low bid of $8.15 million.

The project has a completion date of June 30, 2016.

The contract was the fourth awarded this year for the I-69 corridor and the second in Marshall County.

Once complete, I-69 in Kentucky will run north to south from the Ohio River at Henderson to the Tennessee border at Fulton. Completion of the corridor requires improvements to portions of the Pennyrile, Western Kentucky and Purchase parkways.

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