Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
Governor Fletcher, Transportation Cabinet Approve $4.7 Million Highway Construction Contract for Breathitt County

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, September 27, 2006  
Contact Information:  Jodi Whitaker

H.B. Elkins

Contract moves new KY 15 project closer to completion

FRANKFORT, Ky. – To further Governor Ernie Fletcher's goal of a safe and reliable transportation system in Kentucky, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has approved a $4.7 million highway construction project in Breathitt County that will bring the new four-lane relocation of KY 15 closer to completion.

A contract has been awarded to page 3.41 miles of the new alignment of KY 15 currently under construction between Jackson and Vancleve.

“When we broke ground last year for this project, we made a commitment to the people of Breathitt County and eastern Kentucky to improve this heavily-traveled portion of highway,” said Governor Fletcher. “This project is moving along ahead of schedule and when it is completed, it will improve safety and open up economic development opportunities for the entire region.”

“Governor Fletcher's goals for Kentucky’s state highway system are to boost economic development and improve traffic safety,” said Transportation Cabinet Secretary Bill Nighbert. “The KY 15 corridor project is a huge step toward meeting those goals.”

“Governor Fletcher has been 100 percent cooperative with me, as the state representative for the 91st District, in improving roads in my district. This contract letting for blacktopping the new section of KY 15 is the icing on the cake for this major project and is something that we have been anticipating for at least the last 20 years,” said State Representative Ted Edmonds (D-Jackson). “We in Breathitt County are indebted to Governor Fletcher for making this happen.”

Hinkle Contracting Corp. was the successful low bidder on the project and was awarded the contract worth $4,759,437.12 to pave the road, which is currently under construction. The paving is expected to be finished by Aug. 1, 2007.

Earth-moving activities on the new KY 15 project are nearly complete. Once construction on two bridges within the project limits is complete, excavation can continue and the new road can be paved.

Construction activities are scheduled on a tentative basis and are subject to change depending on weather conditions. Motorists are asked to “Drive Smart” in work zones and be aware of workers and construction equipment when traveling in areas where projects are ongoing.