Department of Highways, District 10
Governor Fletcher, Transportation Cabinet Officials Award $978,000 Road Improvement Contract in Menifee 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 $978,000 highway improvement contract in Menifee 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 resurfacing 11.66 of two major highways in Menifee County. Included are 6.16 miles of KY 36, Frenchburg-Owingsville Road, between the Bath County line and US 460 in Frenchburg; and 5.5 miles of KY 1274, Frenchburg-Morehead Road, between KY 36 and Coatney Mountain Road.


“These are two very important routes for Menifee County,” Governor Fletcher said.  “They provide access to Interstate 64, health care and educational opportunities, and also lead to popular recreational areas along Cave Run Lake. It’s vital that we keep these roads in good repair for the benefit of Menifee County residents and visitors alike.”


The Walker Company of Kentucky, Inc. was awarded the low-bid contract for $978,467.25.  The scheduled completion date is Nov. 30.


“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.