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

Press Release Date:  Monday, February 05, 2007  
Contact Information:  Contact: Jodi Whitaker

H.B. Elkins

JACKSON, Ky. - Governor Ernie Fletcher and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet have announced the release of funds for a highway improvement project in Wolfe County.  Funding in the amount of $250,000 has been released for design work on safety improvements on a 3.1 mile section of the Bert T. Combs Mountain Parkway.


“The Mountain Parkway is a major transportation link between Eastern and Central Kentucky,” Gov. Fletcher said. “This road is very important for the economy of the region. It is vital that this highway can safely meet the current and projected traffic needs for Wolfe County drivers, as well as for all Eastern Kentucky residents who travel it on a regular basis.”


The proposed project would result in the widening of the highway from Exit 43, where the current four-lane highway narrows to two lanes, eastward to Exit 46 at the KY 191 overpass.


“This is part of Gov. Fletcher’s vision to provide a safe and reliable transportation system in Kentucky,” said Transportation Secretary Bill Nighbert. “For years, the Mountain Parkway has served the region with a modern, high-speed highway connection to the Bluegrass area. This administration is committed to making sure this important road continues to serve its purpose by making upgrades wherever possible.”


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 that process, but it means that a project is on the way to completion.  Safety improvements like this are essential to the Governor’s vision of building strong communities every where in Kentucky.”


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