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Combined I-64 and I-75 opens, 1964

Posted on November 28, 2016 | in Uncategorized | by
A motorcade crashed through a paper barrier Nov. 24, 1964 officially opening a 13-mile stretch of combined Interstate 64 and 75 in northern Fayette County. The brief ceremony took place at the Newtown Pike interchange. The $16 million project linked I-75 to the north of Lexington with I-64 to the east and I-75 to the south at the Athens-Boonesboro interchange. During the ceremony, Gov. Edward T. Breathitt announced plans for more road construcion project to come in Fayette County, including: a six-mile route from the interstate to downtown Lexington; four-lane widening of Winchester Road from New Circle Road to I-75; and a widening of Versailles Road including an interchange between Versailles and New Circle. Hearlad-Leader staff file photo

A car crashed through a paper barrier on Nov. 24, 1964, during the opening of a 13-mile stretch of combined Interstate 64 and 75 in northern Fayette County. The brief ceremony was at the Newtown Pike interchange. The $16 million project linked I-75 with I-64 to the east and I-75 to the south at the Athens-Boonesboro interchange. During the ceremony, Gov. Edward T. Breathitt announced plans for more road construction projects to come in Fayette County, including a six-mile route from the interstate to downtown Lexington; a four-lane widening of Winchester Road from New Circle Road to I-75; and a widening of Versailles Road, including an interchange between Versailles and New Circle roads. Herald-Leader Staff File Photo

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