Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
Governor Fletcher, Transportation Cabinet Approve $3.6 Million Highway Project for US 460 in Magoffin County

Press Release Date:  Thursday, October 12, 2006  
Contact Information:  Jodi Whitaker

H.B. Elkins

FRANKFORT, Ky. – To further Governor Ernie Fletcher's goal of a safe and reliable transportation system in Kentucky, the Transportation Cabinet has approved a $3.6 million highway rehabilitation project in Magoffin County.  The road work will encompass nearly six miles of US 460, commonly referred to as Salyersville-Paintsville Road.  The construction zone will start at the intersection of US 460 and KY 114, just east of Salyersville, and continue to the Magoffin-Johnson County line.

“This route is a major connector between the eastern Kentucky highlands and the bluegrass region,” said Governor Fletcher. “US 460 links the Johnson and Martin county areas to Salyersville and the Mountain Parkway and is an important route for commerce. This project will improve residential and commercial travel in Magoffin and Johnson counties, boosting economic development opportunities in the area.”

This project also includes overhead lighting at the intersection of US 460 and KY 114, which will help alleviate safety concerns due to low visibility during foggy conditions.

“Governor Fletcher's goals for Kentucky's highways are to boost economic development and improve safety,” Transportation Cabinet Secretary Bill Nighbert continued. “Providing a safe and smooth surface for US 460 is a key step toward meeting those goals.”

“Governor Fletcher's administration has improved efficiencies in the Transportation Cabinet to return more money to highway construction,” said Sen. Robert Stivers (R-Manchester), who represents Magoffin County in the Kentucky Senate. “The counties in my district have benefited greatly from Governor Fletcher's attention to our needs.  This much-needed paving and lighting project on US 460 is a prime example of that.”

“This project will be a benefit for those who use this highway,” said Rep. Ancel Smith (D-Leburn), who represents Magoffin County in the Kentucky House of Representatives. “I know that my colleague, Representative Hubert Collins, has had a high interest in this project as well.”

Rep. Collins (D-Wittensville) represents Johnson and Martin counties, as well as portions of Floyd and Pike counties in the General Assembly. Motorists from his district frequently travel through this intersection. Collins is chairman of the House Transportation Committee.

“This was a big concern for people in my district and in Magoffin County, and really for anyone who travels through this intersection. Low visibility, especially on rainy, foggy nights, was a safety hazard. This improvement will definitely improve safety and hopefully will prevent someone from being injured or killed at this junction,” Rep. Collins said.

“This is a significant step forward in safety,” said Sen. Ray Jones, D-Pikeville.

Mountain Enterprises, Inc. was the successful low bidder on the project and was awarded the contract worth $3,626,506.25 to resurface the route. Preliminary work is already underway and the project is scheduled to be completed by June 30, 2007.

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.