New Pritchard Parkway increases access to T.J. Patterson Industrial Park
Officials with the City of Elizabethtown and Elizabethtown-Hardin County Industrial Foundation (EHCIF) on Monday marked the official opening of Pritchard Parkway during a ribbon cutting ceremony.
The new road, approximately half a mile long, connects North Black Branch Road, between Hendrickson and Flex Films USA, to U.S. 62. It is now open to traffic.
“This new roadway manages and promotes growth in Elizabethtown’s industrial parks,” said ECHIF President and COO Rick Games. “It is sure to be an asset to the people driving to and from work in the area as well as existing and prospective businesses.”
Elizabethtown has enjoyed significant growth in recent years, and it’s important that infrastructure keeps pace, Games added.
The road increases access to the T.J. Patterson Industrial Park, eases congestion that occurs when nearby employers change shifts and makes sections of the industrial park more attractive to new businesses. Further, Pritchard Parkway is designed to accommodate semi-truck traffic.
Pritchard Parkway is named in honor of former Elizabethtown mayor and industrial foundation president James R. Pritchard. Pritchard is well remembered for promoting a strong working relationship between the city and industrial foundation, said Elizabethtown Mayor Edna Berger. Today, Pritchard Parkway is the latest example of collaboration between the two entities.
“This is a much needed investment in Elizabethtown’s infrastructure, and it’s the result of teamwork and a shared commitment to creating the conditions that lead to jobs growth in our community,” Berger said.