Department of Highways, District 10
Governor Fletcher, Transportation Cabinet Officials Announce 2007 Rural Secondary Paving Program for Morgan County
JACKSON, KY – (Sept. 7, 2007) – Governor Ernie Fletcher and Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) officials today announced the awarding of a contract to resurface 7.86 miles of state-maintained Rural Secondary highways in Morgan County.
“Our Rural Secondary program is essential in maintaining a safe and reliable system of highways for all Kentuckians,” Transportation Secretary Bill Nighbert said. “These roads are the local roads that thousands of our residents use every day to get to work or school. Kentucky has long recognized the importance of these routes and the General Assembly has enacted a formula by which these routes are funded for maintenance and upgrades as necessary. KYTC personnel work with local officials such as county judges-executive and magistrates to identify roads in need of repair.”
Under state law, each county receives a certain amount of Rural Secondary funding from gasoline tax revenues based on population and Rural Secondary system mileage. After a set amount per mile is budgeted for routine maintenance on these routes, the remainder of the allocation is used for improvement projects such as resurfacing. KYTC personnel evaluate the Rural Secondary roads in each county, and those findings are presented annually to the fiscal court in each county for local comments and recommendations.
In Morgan County, the following Rural Secondary routes will be repaved this year:
· KY 705, Grassy Creek-Omer Road, 1.4 miles between milepoints 9.4 and 10.8.
· KY 772, Ezel-Omer-Pomp Road, 2.93 miles between milepoints 7.0 and 9.934.
· KY 1000, White Oak-Caney Road, 1.53 miles between milepoint 0.5 and Pipeline Road.
· KY 3345, Lower Long Branch Road, 2.0 miles between milepoint 1.8 and Tabernacle Road.
Hinkle Contracting Corporation was awarded the low-bid contract for $468,754.50. The project is scheduled to be completed by Nov. 30.
“Governor Fletcher is committed to improving travel conditions on all highways in the Commonwealth, from our busiest interstates to the rural roads that many Kentuckians travel every day,” KYTC Deputy Secretary Crystal Ducker said. “Our Rural Secondary program is vital to helping our residents achieve a quality of life they can be proud of, and allowing them to travel in safety.”
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.