District Two
Governor Fletcher & Transportation Cabinet Award $110 Million in Highway Contracts Statewide - KY 70 in Hopkins County to Get $19 Million Upgrade

Press Release Date:  Thursday, August 25, 2005  
Contact Information:  Keith Todd
(270) 824-7080


Madisonville, KY (August 25, 2005)—  The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has approved two highway construction contracts totaling more than $25 million in Hopkins County.

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

To improve safety and traffic flow, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s Department of Highways has approved a $19.1 million project to upgrade KY 70 on Madisonville’s east side.  The project runs from just east of the Breathitt Pennyrile Parkway to the KY 70-KY 85 intersection.

According to District Two Acting Transportation Engineer Branch Manager for Construction David McDowell, the project includes two lanes in each direction with a middle turn lane.

“This is a complete rebuild of this section of KY 70 (East Center Street).  When we’re finished, we’ll have five lanes, two lanes in each direction with a center turn lane.  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,” McDowell said.

In addition to the new road, the project includes infrastructure upgrades along the route. 

“As utilities are moved to allow the widening of KY 70, the water lines and sewer lines through the area will be upgraded,” McDowell said.  “That should be a big plus for the city and for potential development in the area.”

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.    Chief District Engineer Ted Merryman says maintaining traffic flow on KY 70 through the construction will be a challenge.

“This project may create some inconvenience, but we’ll be watching the traffic control closely,” Merryman said.  “We’ll be working closely with the contractor to maintain traffic flow and assure that businesses and homes along the project are able to maintain access while the new road is under construction.  We’ll be asking people to practice patience but it’ll be worth the inconvenience.  When we finish it’ll be a big improvement.”

Road Builders and Parkway Construction LLC of Greenville was the successful bidder on the $19,148,394 project.  Construction is expected to begin within a few days with an expected completion date of September 15, 2007.  Merryman expects the initial work to focus on moving utilities this fall and winter as weather allows.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has also awarded a contract to Rogers Group of Hopkinsville for a $6.525 million upgrade of the northbound lanes of the Breathitt Pennyrile Parkway in southern Hopkins County.

The work includes a major rehab, bridge work, and new asphalt on the parkway’s northbound lanes from mile point 29.91 to mile point 32.19, a total of 2.8 miles. 

“We expect work on the parkway project to begin almost immediately with a September 1st completion date,” Merryman said.

The rehab runs between the Nortonville and Mannington exits starting a few miles north of the Hopkins-Christian County line northward to near the Old Nortonville-White Plains Road overpass.  The project includes some improvements on the southbound lane bridge decks and bridge approaches.   Approximately 12,000 vehicles per day travel the Breathitt Pennyrile Parkway in southern Hopkins County.

            “These maintenance, upgrades and new road projects reflect our commitment to the traveling public,” said acting Transportation Secretary Bill Nighbert. “Kentucky’s motorists can rest assured that they are driving on safe, reliable roads.”