Department of Highways, District 6
Governor Fletcher, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Announce KY 1039 in Gallatin County is Open

Press Release Date:  Friday, November 17, 2006  
Contact Information:  Nancy Wood
Public Information Officer


New $16.8 Million Road Connects I-71 to US 42/Markland Dam


Covington, Kentucky – (November 17, 2006) - Governor Ernie Fletcher and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) announce the completion of the $16.8 million KY 1039 project.  The new road connects I-71 to US 42 in Gallatin County and is now open for traffic.   


 “The new KY 1039 provides a much safer route for drivers,” said Transportation Secretary Bill Nighbert.  “This road is also much better for race fans heading to the Kentucky speedway and it provides new economic development opportunities.  Governor Fletcher mandates that our road projects improve safety and lead to jobs.  This project is yet another example of the Governor taking action to enhance the quality of life for Kentuckians.”


The new 4.7 miles of road is mostly a two lane road with 10 foot shoulders.  At the north end of the road, near the Markland Dam there are four lanes with a barrier wall.  At the southern end, near I-71 there are 4 lanes with a turning lane.  Hi-View construction started the project in September of 2004.    


Meanwhile, construction crews are continuing another project in Gallatin County.  The $23.7 million dollar project is making great strides reconstructing the I-71 interchange with KY 35 at Exit 57 and widening I-71 to six lanes for 3.2 miles north of the interchange.  The project will also include the construction of a new bridge on I-71 over KY 35 and replacement of three ramps at Exit 57.  The southbound exit ramp was widened to two lanes in 2004.  The cost for this improvement was $1.6 million.