Department of Highways, District 10
Governor Fletcher, Transportation Cabinet Officials Award $408,000 Bridge Replacement Contract in Breathitt County

Press Release Date:  Thursday, August 23, 2007  
Contact Information:  H. B. Elkins
Public Information Officer
Department of Highways, District 10
473 Highway 15 South, P.O. Box 621
Jackson, KY 41339

JACKSON, Ky. – (Aug. 23, 2007) – The awarding of a $408,000 bridge replacement contract in Breathitt 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.


“The local bridges in our communities are vital components of our transportation system and our goal is to keep them operational and safe, and to replace them when warranted,” Governor Fletcher said.


The contract is for replacement of the bridge carrying Bowman Fork Road (County Route 1360) over Upper Twin Creek, just south of KY 52 near the Oakdale railroad crossing. A new bridge and approaches will be constructed to replace the old bridge at this location.


Jones & Bourland, Inc. was awarded the low-bid contract for $408,038.82.  The project is scheduled to be completed within 51 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 roads and bridges 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.