Southwest Parkway Construction Complete in the South Central Kentucky Industrial Park

Published Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Bowling Green, KY., November 18, 2020 – The Southwest Parkway extension project is complete and now open to the public in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Located in the South Central Kentucky Industrial Park (“SCKIP”), the extension to Russellville Road was completed to allow for better traffic flow and access for companies located within the park.

“Many growing manufacturing and distribution companies are located in the South Central Kentucky Industrial Park. Investing in the extension of Southwest Parkway ensures not only that as growth continues traffic remains at comfortable levels, but it also enhances safety and convenience,” said Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Ron Bunch. 

Approximately $4.5 million was invested in the project to design and construct the 5,500-foot long road, with the state reimbursing the cost. The project was managed by the City of Bowling Green and construction was completed by Scotty’s Contracting & Stone, a Bowling Green based company. Overall, the project generated an additional $1,167,344 in local spending. This means that for every dollar spent on the project an additional 39 cents was generated elsewhere in Bowling Green’s economy. As a result of the project, an additional $94,000 was spent on rent, $70,000 on utilities, $46,000 on restaurants and hotel stays, $44,000 on medical services, $36,000 on professional services such as banking and legal services, $9,300 on employee training, $8,000 in grocery stores, and $6,200 on engineering services. This brings the project’s total economic impact to roughly $4.2 million. “Infrastructure projects are important to Bowling Green’s economy, both in how they support growth and for the positive impact they have on local businesses,” said Mayor Bruce Wilkerson, “We are happy to see this project through to its completion.”

South Central Kentucky Industrial Park, and the businesses located within it, are integral to the Bowling Green economy. Over 4,500 jobs are supported by business activity occurring within the SCKIP. This equates to an economic impact of more than $10 billion to Bowling Green’s economy over the next decade. 

“We at the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet are pleased to have been able to play a meaningful role in the completion of this project,” Kentucky Transportation Secretary Jim Gray added. “It’s in keeping with KYTC’s mission to provide a transportation system that delivers economic opportunity and makes for a Better Kentucky.”

“As we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, my administration is committed to building a better Kentucky with more opportunity for all of our people. A successful and vibrant industrial park requires more than just land; it needs all the supporting infrastructure, especially good access roads,” said Governor Beshear. “The South West Parkway extension project will help western Kentuckians travel more safely and will be an economic driver for Bowling Green and Warren County for decades to come.”

“As a community, we value the businesses who call Bowling Green home and have prioritized supporting their continued success. The extension of Southwest Parkway was key to achieving that goal and for supporting our continued business expansion efforts,” said Warren County Judge-Executive Mike Buchanon.

Year to date, the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce has closed six economic development projects totaling $331.3 million in capital investment and generating 336 new jobs for 2020. Bowling Green was recently recognized by Site Selection magazine as a top tier-2 metropolitan area in the United States and was selected as a “Top 100 Best Places to Live” city by Livability, in addition to being ranked as the second-best city in the United States for manufacturing by Global Trade Magazine.

###

About the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce

Incorporated in 1935, the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce is a 5-Star Accredited Chamber by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. As the fourth largest chamber in Kentucky, the Chamber serves as the driving force for South Central Kentucky’s Business Community providing valuable services to over 1,300 partners, advocating a positive business environment and stimulating economic development for the area. With leadership programs, governmental relations projects, educational initiatives, and involvement opportunities, the Chamber aims to support the community and its neighbors, in order to enhance the business climate and continue to grow the region.