A contractor for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet plans to start reconstruction of the Breathitt-Pennyrile Parkway/KY 813 Exit 37 Mortons Gap Interchange in Hopkins County on Wednesday, July 29, 2015. This reconstruction of the interchange to bring it up to current standards is to allow Interstate 69 to be extended northward along the Pennyrile Parkway later this year. The official awarding of the contract was announced by Governor Steve Beshear in mid-June. Initial brush clearing and dirt work will be off on right of way with no impact expected on traffic flow in our around the existing interchange for several weeks. Motorists are asked to use appropriate caution where equipment, flaggers, and construction personnel are along the roadway in close proximity to traffic flow. The KY 813 Mortons Gap interchange is at Pennyrile Pkwy mile point 37.07 in Hopkins County. Road Builders, LLC, is the prime contractor on this $14,042,963 highway improvement project. This is among about 10 major projects totaling $260 million planned along the Pennyrile Parkway and the Purchase Parkway aimed at expanding the footprint of Interstate 69 through Kentucky later this year. Kentucky now has 55 miles of I-69. The route follows I-24 for 17 miles from The Julian Carroll-Purchase Parkway at Calvert City to Eddyville. I-69 then runs for 38 miles along the former Wendell Ford-Western Kentucky Parkway from Eddyville to the Pennyrile Parkway near Madisonville. The I-69 Interchange project in Hopkins County is among about 10 major projects totaling $260 million in new construction aimed at extending the footprint of I-69 northward along the Pennyrile and southward along the Purchase Parkway later this year.