Department of Highways, District 10
District 10 Employees Praised for Role in Transportation Cabinet’s Record Year for Highway Investments

Press Release Date:  Monday, February 19, 2007  
Contact Information:  H.B. ELKINS
(606) 666-8841

JACKSON, KY – (Feb. 19, 2007) – Employees of the Transportation Cabinet’s District 10 office were honored today for their contributions in allowing the Cabinet to set a record for investments in Kentucky’s highway infrastructure.


State Highway Engineer Marcie Mathews visited the Jackson district office this morning to thank the district’s employees for their role in achieving a significant milestone. Last year, for the first time ever, Kentucky awarded more than $1 billion in contracts for highway construction and improvement projects.


“Much of the work that must be done before bids can be awarded is done by employees at the district level,” Mathews said. “We would not have been able to make the investments we did last year without their dedication and hard work, and we want to praise them for their efforts.”


Mathews and Marc D. Williams, commissioner of the Department of Highways, have been traveling across the commonwealth, visiting the 12 district offices to personally deliver their thanks for a job well done.


“We are certainly pleased that Cabinet officials in Frankfort recognize the hard work that our district employees do,” said Linda Wagner-Justice, chief district engineer. “Our team members in District 10 always excel at their jobs and we appreciate that this effort does not go unnoticed.”


Several construction contracts awarded last year in District 10 contributed to the Cabinet’s record-setting mark. Among them are paving and safety improvements on the Mountain Parkway in Powell, Wolfe and Magoffin counties; relocation of KY 7 between Jeff and Viper in Perry County; a new route to bypass a substandard railroad underpass and eliminate two at-grade railroad crossings in Lee County; a bridge replacement on KY 30 in Owsley County; and resurfacing and guardrail installation on existing routes in all 10 counties that make up the district.


In District 10, nearly $75 million was invested in new construction projects in 2006. When maintenance projects such as resurfacing and guardrail installation on existing routes are added, the total for all construction projects swells to nearly $100 million.


“These projects and others awarded in District 10 are vital to maintaining the transportation network in this area,” Wagner-Justice said. “The administration of Gov. Ernie Fletcher has been committed to building and maintaining safe highways in our region, and we are grateful for this support.”


District 10 includes the counties of Breathitt, Estill, Lee, Magoffin, Menifee, Morgan, Owsley, Perry, Powell and Wolfe in east-central and southeastern Kentucky.




State Highway Engineer Marcie Mathews, left, presented District 10 Chief District Engineer Linda Wagner-Justice with a plaque commemorating the district's role in the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet's achieving a record of more than $1 billion in construction project lettings in 2006.

State Highway Engineer Marcie Mathews cut a cake celebrating the Transportation Cabinet's record $1 billion investment in Kentucky's highway infrastructure during her visit to the District 10 office in Jackson on Monday.

From left, Corbett Caudill, design engineer; Marcie Mathews, state highway engineer; Linda Wagner-Justice, chief district engineer and Janice Porter, District 10 attorney, talked during the state highway engineer's visit to the District 10 office in Jackson on Monday.