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Portion of Pennyrile Parkway in Henderson to become U.S. 41 New route designation includes lower speed limit

Portion of Pennyrile Parkway in Henderson to become U.S. 41 New route designation includes lower speed limit

Bill Stephens

March 1st, 2016

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KYTC NEWS RELEASE

MADISONVILLE, Ky. (March 1, 2016) – As part of ongoing efforts to fully convert 42 miles of the Breathitt-Pennyrile Parkway to Interstate 69, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) will designate a portion of the parkway from mile points 76 to 78 in Henderson as U.S. 41.

“The new designation will provide better connectivity for motorists and continue our momentum for the I-69 project,” said KYTC District 2 Chief Engineer Kevin McClearn.

Instead of dropping to a 2-lane route at Exit 14, U.S. 41 will continue as a four-lane highway for nearly 2 miles along what is now the Pennyrile Parkway. Traffic on U.S. 41 will exit onto what is now the KY 425 Henderson Bypass to connect to the existing 2 lane U.S. 41 heading south. This move will eliminate the remaining designated section of the Pennyrile Parkway between the bypass and KY 351.

In addition, the current southbound KY 2084 connector will Become the designation for what is now U.S. 41 from just north of KY 812/Clay Street to what is now the U.S. 41/KY 425 Bypass intersection.

When work is complete, the speed limit along the U.S. 41 ramp overpass and the KY 425 Henderson Bypass will be reduced from 70 mph to 65 mph. Crews anticipate to have all signs installed by Monday, March 7.

Moving U.S. 41 is part of the larger effort to fully transition the former Pennyrile Parkway to Interstate 69. Last fall, crews began a $3.2 million project to change out signs along this 42 mile stretch of the parkway.

With I-69 temporarily ending at KY 425 Henderson Bypass, the KY 425 interchange will have an I-69 exit number for northbound traffic and a U.S. 41 exit number for southbound traffic.

Mile points for the parkway remain in place with panel signs indicating the new I-69 exit numbers erected at most locations through Hopkins, Webster and Henderson counties. The Cabinet anticipates the final transition to the new I-69 mile markers and signage around the end of April 2016.

Motorists are advised to use caution during the sign installation and be aware of signage, road crews and other equipment.

Significant Changes Next Week

• Present U.S. 41 route from mile point 10.75 to mile point 12.9 to become KY 2084
• Present Pennyrile Pkwy from mile point 76.3 to mile point 77.8 to become U.S. 41 with 5 mph speed limit reduction
• KY 425 Hendeson Bypass to end at the newly designated U.S. 41/KY 2084 intersection
• Present Pennyrile Pkwy/KY 425 Bypass Interchange to become I-69/U.S. 41 Interchange (Northbound I-69 Exit 149/Southbound U.S. 41 Exit 13 Interchange)
• Business and residential address along present 2-lane U.S. 41 section transitioned to KY 2084 addresses by the U.S. Post Office

030216 US41toPenPkwyRteHend040116

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