Funds approved to finish long-awaited eastern Kentucky road

LANGLEY, Ky. (AP) — Officials say funding has been approved for a long-awaited road project in eastern Kentucky. WYMT-TV reports that Gov. Andy Beshear announced on Monday during a visit to Floyd Central High School that the Kentucky 680 project will be finished. Crews began building the roadway in 1991 to cut drive time between Hazard and Pikeville. The current $34 million project will connect the remaining 2.89 miles between Minnie and Harold. Beshear says the project will cut the drive time from Pikeville to Hazard by 45 minutes. Construction to finish Kentucky 680 is slated to begin this summer.