Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communication Office
Governor Fletcher breaks ground on KY 70 upgrade at Madisonville

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, December 13, 2005  
Contact Information:  Brett Hall
Jodi Whitaker

Keith Todd

$19 million project to improve safety and economic infrastructure

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher, Transportation Secretary Bill Nighbert, and Kentucky Highway Commissioner Marc Williams were joined by other state and local today officials to break ground on $19.1 million in improvements along KY 70 east of Madisonville.    

The upgrade of KY 70 runs from just east of the Breathitt Pennyrile Parkway to the KY 70-KY 85 intersection.  The project is designed to improve safety and traffic flow.  It also includes substantial infrastructure improvements that will help promote economic development along the route. 

 “Our highway system is the driving force behind Kentucky’s economic prosperity and flourishing commerce,” said Governor Fletcher.  “This project is an example of our continuing work to provide a safe and reliable transportation system throughout the commonwealth.” 

The project includes two lanes in each direction with a middle turn lane along KY 70 (East Center Street).  It will run from near the Cracker Barrel Restaurant to the KY 85 split where KY 70 turns to go to Central City and KY 85 runs on to Sacramento.

The improvements run from mile point 19.868 to 23.247, a distance of 3.6 miles.  About 11,000 vehicles per day travel KY 70 through the project area. 

Road Builders and Parkway Construction LLC of Greenville was the successful bidder on the $19,148,394 project.  Initial construction started in August with an expected completion date of September 15, 2007.  The contractor originally planned to initially focus on moving utilities during the fall months, but unseasonably warm dry weather allow the contractor to actually start construction on the east end of the project.