Department of Highways, District 10
Governor Fletcher, Transportation Cabinet Officials Award $101,000 Bridge Repair Contract in Estill County

Press Release Date:  Monday, July 16, 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. – (July 16, 2007) – The awarding of a $101,000 bridge repair contract in Estill County is yet another example of the commitment of Governor Ernie Fletcher and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet to provide a safe and reliable transportation system in the Bluegrass State.


Kentucky drivers deserve roads that are in the best possible condition,” Governor Fletcher said. “Our administration has made it a major goal to maintain existing routes and build new ones as necessary to keep the Commonwealth’s drivers safe and to promote economic development.”


The contract is for repairs to the bridge carrying KY 52 across the Kentucky River at Irvine. Repairs will be made to the handrails and curbs on this structure.


“The Kentucky River bridge at Irvine is a vital part of the transportation network in Estill County and the region, in addition to being a highly significant and visible part of the community’s history,” Governor Fletcher said.  “For years, this was the only span crossing the river in Estill County, and it is still a very important means of access between the north and south sides of the river. We must keep this structure in good repair for the benefit of drivers from Estill County as well as other communities who use this route as a means of access to Interstate 75.”


Overlay, Inc. was awarded the low-bid contract for $101,330.30.  The project is scheduled to be completed within 20 working days of its beginning.


“Governor Fletcher has instructed us to make sure our highways are safe and in good repair, and conducive to promoting economic activity,” Transportation Cabinet Secretary Bill Nighbert said. “These are our primary concerns as we maintain and improve our highway system. Good road are an important part of our infrastructure and are a vital component in the quality of life we hope to provide to all Kentuckians. Our state is fortunate to have a governor who is committed to highway safety and making improvements that have many benefits.”


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.