New parkway exit at Ring Road opens

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Dedication ceremony held Thursday morning

Nine years after rights of way were completed, the extension of Ring Road to the Western Kentucky Parkway has been completed. The parkway exit opened today following a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

The $13.5 million extension now is less than a mile from Interstate 65. Using football terminology, state Rep. Jimmie Lee defined a new southern exit for Elizabethtown off I-65 as the goal line.

“As of today, we’re in the red zone,” he said.

Elizabethtown Mayor Edna Berger offered a similar sentiment in an interview.

“The next step is taking it all the way to I-65,” she said.

The new exit improves access to the city's industrial parks and likely will reduce truck traffic on the U.S. 31W Bypass, South Mulberry Street and College Street Road. It also provides an improved route to the Elizabethtown Sports Park and Addington Field Elizabethtown Regional Airport.

Officials at Thursday morning's ceremony also talked about improved access that this exit will provide for Patriot Parkway, the Elizabethtown-Radcliff connector under construction.

For details, see Friday's print edition of The News-Enterprise.