HARRODSBURG - A stretch of U.S. 68 was officially reopened Wednesday afternoon at a ceremony at Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill.
Work began to straighten curves on the highway between Chinn Lane and Chatham Road in August, and motorists began using portions of the highway earlier this month.
Secretary of Transportation James C. Codell III was on hand for the ceremony. As part of the work to straighten the curves in which at least six people lost their lives in traffic accidents over the last 30 years, the Department of Highways stressed its concern to preserve as much historic property as possible.
A burr oak more than 200 years old standing near the old roadway came to symbolize the threat a new road might have to the historic area of Mercer County. In addition to saving that tree, the highway department planned to plant about 140 new trees throughout the area.