Department of Highways, District 10
Governor Fletcher, Transportation Cabinet Award $66,059.42 in Road Construction Contracts in Morgan County

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, April 18, 2007  
Contact Information:  H.B. ELKINS
(606) 666-8841

JACKSON, KY – (April 18, 2007) – After awarding construction contracts at a record level of more than $1 billion last year, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is gearing up for another busy year for highway projects in 2007.


Governor Ernie Fletcher and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet continue fulfilling their vision to provide a safe and reliable transportation system in Kentucky by awarding two road construction contracts totaling $66,059.42 in Morgan County.


The first contract is for the resurfacing of 0.3 miles of KY 7, West Liberty-Sandy Hook Road, between the US 460 intersection in West Liberty to Cedar Road at the beginning of the surface for the recently reconstructed section. Hinkle Contracting Corp. was awarded the low-bid contract for this project for $45,047.40. The anticipated completion date is Nov. 30.


The second contract is for the installation of guardrail along a 0.25-mile section of KY 172 between KY 1614 and the Johnson County line. Big Sandy Guardrail was awarded the low-bid contract for this project for $21,012.02. The anticipated completion date is July 31.


“KY 7 is a major route connecting Morgan County to Interstate 64, and this route is vital to the region,” Governor Fletcher said. “Our goal is to keep Kentucky’s highways in the best possible condition, and this and other paving projects across the Commonwealth will help us achieve this goal. We are also striving to install guardrail in areas where it is needed to help prevent accidents, and the KY 172 project will help reduce hazards in this location.”


 Kentucky is fortunate to have a governor who cares about the condition of our state’s highways,” Transportation Cabinet Secretary Bill Nighbert said. “Governor Fletcher is committed to keeping our roads as safe as possible while making sure that they are kept in good repair. Last year we invested a record amount of money in highway construction in the Commonwealth. We intend to maintain that level of commitment to providing Kentucky with the best possible transportation infrastructure.”


Construction activities are scheduled on a tentative basis and are subject to change depending on weather conditions. Motorists are asked to “Drive Smart” in work zones and be aware of workers and construction equipment when traveling in areas where projects are ongoing.