Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
Governor Fletcher Expedites Flemingsburg Bypass Project

Press Release Date:  Monday, August 27, 2007  
Contact Information:  Jodi Whitaker

Mark Brown

New bypass will relieve congestion, route truck traffic away from downtown

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher today announced that the project to extend the Flemingsburg bypass will move forward – about six months ahead of schedule.  Governor Fletcher directed the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) to prioritize the safety and mobility investment and have the state funded project ready for construction by the fall of next year. 

“With continued growth in the area, it is crucial that we move forward quickly with the

Flemingsburg Bypass project,” said Governor Fletcher.  “I know the significance that this project will have on the local community and have directed the Transportation Cabinet to work proactively to move it forward as quickly as possible.”

The project includes a new route from KY 11 to Tollesboro-Mt. Carmel Road (KY 57), a total extension of approximately 1.5 miles.  The extension will provide through traffic with direct access to the north side of Flemingsburg, relieving congestion and commercial truck traffic downtown, which will improve safety. 

“Governor Fletcher’s commitment to build safe roads that lead to new opportunities is laying the foundation for a brighter future for generations to come,” said Transportation Cabinet Secretary Bill Nighbert.  

KYTC officials are working to accelerate the design phase of the project to allow right-of-way and utility relocation to begin later this year.  Construction is now scheduled for fall 2008.  Earlier plans did not have construction scheduled until the spring of 2009.