Department of Highways, District 10
Governor Fletcher, Transportation Cabinet Announce Funding For Highway Project In Estill County

Press Release Date:  Thursday, January 25, 2007  
Contact Information:  Jodi Whitaker

H.B. Elkins

JACKSON, Ky. - Governor Ernie Fletcher and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet announce the release of funds for a highway improvement project in Estill County.  Funding in the amount of $1.5 million has been released for design work on safety improvements on a two-mile section of KY 89 (Irvine-Winchester Road).


“Traffic on this route is expected to increase in the future due to a proposed power plant in Clark County,” said Governor Fletcher.  “Safety and mobility improvements have been made to KY 89 on the Clark County side, and several projects are in the works for this road in Estill County. By relocating KY 89 in this area, we can provide a safe, modern highway that will meet current and future transportation needs for Clark and Estill counties.”


The proposed project relocates KY 89 from the north end of the Red River bridge at the Clark County line, extending south toward Hargett and Irvine.


“This is part of Gov. Fletcher’s vision to provide a safe and reliable transportation system in Kentucky,” said Transportation Secretary Bill Nighbert. “This administration is committed to making sure this road, which is so important to Estill County motorists, is upgraded to benefit all who use it.”


There are four phases of funding road construction projects in Kentucky: design, utility relocation, right of way acquisition and construction. Each of the first three phases must be completed before actual construction work can begin on an improvement project.


“A lot of behind-the-scenes work is required before motorists ever see bulldozers moving ground on a construction project,” concluded Chief District Engineer Linda Wagner-Justice.  “The design phase is the least visible part of the process, but it means that a project is on track for completion.”


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