Department of Highways, District 10
Governor Fletcher, Transportation Cabinet Officials Award $8.8 Million in Road Construction Contracts in Perry County

Press Release Date:  Monday, October 15, 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. – (Oct. 15, 2007) –Governor Ernie Fletcher and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet are continuing their efforts to provide a safe and reliable transportation system in Kentucky through the awarding of three road construction contracts totaling nearly $8.8 million in Perry County.


The contracts are for one bridge replacement project and two resurfacing projects totaling 6.19 miles on two Perry County highways.


The bridge to be replaced carries KY 451 across the North Fork of the Kentucky River in Hazard and is known locally as the Home Lumber Bridge.


“This has been a long-awaited project for downtown Hazard,” Governor Fletcher said.  “This new bridge, in conjunction with other downtown revitalization efforts, will result in a tremendous improvement that will provide a new, modern bridge; better access to the Highway 15 Bypass; and more parking for downtown businesses and offices. Our administration is pleased to be able to begin this project which will be a great benefit to residents of Hazard and Perry County.”


Bush & Burchett was awarded the low-bid contract for $8,329,862.10.  The scheduled completion date is 190 working days after the project begins.


Resurfacing contracts were awarded for 3.35 miles of KY 451, Glomawr-Hazard-Cold Harbor Road, from the KY 15 ramp north to the Curly Fork culvert; and for 2.84 miles of KY 28, Chavies-Buckhorn Road, from the Breathitt County line east to near Raleigh Road. Mountain Enterprises, Inc. was awarded both low-bid contracts at a cost of $258,451.30 for the KY 451 project and $202,028 for the KY 28 project. Both will be completed by June 30.


“Under the leadership of Governor Fletcher, the Transportation Cabinet has built or repaired more roads and bridges than ever before in the history of the Commonwealth,” Transportation Cabinet Secretary Bill Nighbert said. “By improving efficiency in Cabinet operations, we have been able to fund record amounts of construction. Good roads mean safer roads for Kentucky drivers. Improving driver safety and strengthening our state’s vital infrastructure are top priorities for Governor Fletcher as he fulfills his promises to Kentuckians.”


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.