Department of Highways, District 10
Year-long project on KY 699 in Perry County to begin Tuesday

Press Release Date:  Monday, June 04, 2007  
Contact Information:  Contact: H. B. Elkins
Public Information Officer
Department of Highways, District 10
473 Highway 15 South, P.O. Box 621
Jackson, KY 41339

JACKSON, KY – (June 4, 2007) – Work will begin this week on a year-long project to reconstruct KY 699 between mile markers 0 and 2 in the Leatherwood area of Perry County.


In a unique public-private partnership, Blue Diamond Coal Company plans to conduct mining operations in the area and has agreed to relocate this stretch of KY 699. The new highway will eliminate nearly one mile of crooked, narrow roadway that has several breaks and embankment failures, and replace it with a road with wider lanes and a less steep grade.


Beginning Monday, June 18 and continuing for approximately two weeks, motorists in the area will encounter one-lane traffic and long delays while a temporary detour route is constructed. Once the temporary detour is completed, around July 1, it will be in use for approximately one year, after which the new route will be open to the public.


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, traffic control devices and construction equipment when traveling in areas where projects are ongoing.