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New road expected to attract industry to Meade County

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BRANDENBURG, Ky (WDRB) -- Meade County sits between two major interstates and for many years, it has been a bedroom community.

Residents live there but travel to work in places like Elizabethtown, Louisville or Corydon.

But county and state officials are working to change that.

”The overall goal is to encourage economic growth in our area. We want jobs. We want factories to locate here,” said Jeff Greer, State Representative for the 27th District.

Greer says for a long time, Meade County residents have depended on civilian jobs at Fort Knox and those are becoming less available.

He says, the population in Meade County is growing and it makes sense to have career opportunities at home.

The road that’s being built is Highway 313, an extension of Joe Prather Highway.

The project will cost about $72 million but officials say the new road is much straighter than the current highway, so it will be a lot safer.

“That’s a good thing for the people of Meade County and anyone else who might travel the road,” Greer told WDRB.

The highway will also be wider, making it a better route for semi-trucks and farm equipment.

”Above all else, it is a safer road,” said Greer.

Greer says it will also cut down on travel time which is important in emergency situations because Meade County doesn’t have a hospital.

”If you’re right in the middle of Brandenburg, you’re 20 minutes from two different interstates. This road is imperative for our emergency equipment to travel to either the Hardin County Hospital in E'town or travel to the Corydon hospital in Indiana,” said Greer.

Highway 313 is expected to be finished by Fall 2016.

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