District One
Governor Fletcher & Transportation Cabinet Award Highway Improvement Contracts in McCracken County

Press Release Date:  Monday, July 11, 2005  
Contact Information:  Keith Todd
Public Information Officer
(270) 898-2431 Ext. 233


           Paducah, KY – (July 11, 2005) – The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is working to upgrade the highway network in Western Kentucky and McCracken County.  Five contracts, totaling $9.5 million, have been approved by the cabinet, in McCracken County.


            “These projects reflect my administration’s commitment to ensuring that drivers in across Kentucky are able to get to their work, schools or other destinations with confidence that Kentucky’s roads are in the best condition possible,” said Governor Ernie Fletcher.


M & J Painting Company of Campbell, OH, was awarded a $7.56 million contract for the cleaning and painting of the U.S. 45 Irvin S. Cobb Bridge over the Ohio River between Paducah and Brookport, IL. 


A 1.373 mile section of U.S. 60 (Paducah Wickliffe Road) from the McCracken-Ballard County Line East to Queensway Drive at the end of the 4-lane is scheduled for asphalt resurfacing.  Jim Smith Contracting Company LLC of Grand Rivers was the successful bidder on the $93,515 project.


Three sections of U.S. 45 south of Paducah are scheduled for asphalt resurfacing, including Lone Oak Road from KY 1241 to Martin Circle.  Jim Smith Contracting Company LLC of Grand Rivers was the low bidder on the $941,479 project.


Jim Smith Contracting LLC of Grand Rivers was the successful bidder on 3.14 miles of spot paving.  The $589.856 contract includes asphalt resurfacing on sections of U.S. 60 (Clarks River Road) at John Puryear Drive to hear the Clarks River Bridge, Jackson Street from 28th Street in Paducah to 21st Street, U.S. 62 (Kentucky Dam Road) from U.S. 60 extending east to just past KY 1887, and KY 284 (Bridge Street) in Paducah from U.S. 60 (Beltline Highway) east to KY 2187 (Husbands Road).


A number of highways that carry traffic through the City of Paducah are scheduled for spot resurfacing including 3rd Street from U.S. 60 north to Madison Street, 4th Street from Kentucky Avenue to Harrison Street, Wayne Sullivan Drive from the end of the one way to George Street, Fourth Street from Kentucky Avenue to Adams Street, and fourth Street from Kentucky Avenue Extending East to Oscar Cross Avenue.  Jim Smith Contracting LLC of Grand Rivers was the successful bidder on the $356,939 contract.


An additional contract was awarded for trimming trees and removing brush along various routes in District One counties.  The low bid of $178,984 was submitted by H & G Construction Company of West Paducah.


            The highway contracts in McCracken County are contained in one of the largest lettings ever in the transportation cabinet. Approximately $13,791,353.85 has been awarded for projects in the 12 District One counties.  Statewide, more than $167 million worth of projects have been authorized.


            “These new projects will help to repair and upgrade our aging highway infrastructure and provide safer roads that will further economic development and enhance safe travel for Kentuckians,” said acting Secretary Bill Nighbert.


            Work is expected to begin on the project in the near future.   Construction activities are scheduled on a tentative basis and are subject to change depending on weather conditions and other factors.