District One
Governor Fletcher and Transportation Cabinet Announce Start of Breathitt Pennyrile Parkway Improvements

Press Release Date:  Thursday, July 28, 2005  
Contact Information:  Keith Todd
(270) 824-7080

          Work is scheduled to begin Sunday on an almost $4 million upgrade of the Breathitt Pennyrile Parkway northbound lanes in Christian County.   The project is among a record $167 million in road improvement projects awarded recently by Governor Fletcher and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.

A contractor for the Kentucky Department of Highways will reduce traffic to one lane in each direction between Hopkinsville and Crofton starting Sunday, July 31, 2005.  According to District Two Resident Engineer Glenn Bradley, the work will require some adjustments on the part of motorists.

“We will shift the northbound traffic to the southbound side from mile point 11.25 to mile point 17.50 in Christian County,” Bradley said.  “Traffic will be one lane in each direction on the southbound lanes.  This detour will cause some inconvenience.   We’re asking the driving public to slow down and exercise patience in the work zone.  This is important for the safety of both workers at the site and drivers who travel this section of the parkway.”

Bradley emphasized that fines will be doubled for speeding in the work zone between the 11 and 18 mile marker.  The project to rebuild the northbound lanes will start just north of the Little River Bridge and run to a point about a mile south of the Cavanaugh Lane Underpass.  To expedite the work, crews will work in two 10-hour shifts.

          “That means workers will be present in the work zone from approximately 6:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m., Monday through Saturday.  We’re urging drivers to be especially cautious through the more than seven miles of two-lane driving they’ll face along this section of the Breathitt Pennyrile Parkway for the next two and a half months,” Bailey said.

Rogers Group, Inc. of Hopkinsville was awarded a contract for the $3.985 million project.  Work is expected to be completed by October 15, 2005.

Motorists are urged to use caution in work areas, and to be alert for equipment, flaggers, and workers on the roadway in the work zone.  Motorists are asked to pay careful attention to message boards and other warning signs alerting them of the roadwork.

The Kentucky Department of Highways maintains 478 miles of state roads in Christian County.