Department of Highways, District 10
Governor Fletcher, Transportation Cabinet Officials Award $5.7 Million Contract for Reconstruction of US 460 in Morgan County

Press Release Date:  Monday, November 19, 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. – (Nov. 19, 2007) – Governor Ernie Fletcher and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) continue to make highway safety a top priority in Kentucky. Further evidence of this can be seen through the awarding of a contract for reconstruction of nearly 1.5 miles of US 460 in western Morgan County.


The contract calls for the elimination of substandard curves and grades on the portion of US 460 known as Greasy Hill, from KY 946 extending east for 1.5 miles.


“This is one of the most hazardous stretches of US 460 left in Morgan County,” Governor Fletcher said. “This hill is narrow, steep and has very tight curves. By reconstructing this portion of Morgan County’s main east-west route, we can make it safer for passenger vehicles, school buses and commercial traffic. We know the people who use this route on a daily basis have been looking forward to its reconstruction, and we are pleased to be able to move this project forward.”


The Walker Company of Kentucky, Inc., was awarded the low-bid contract for $5,693,235.  The scheduled completion date is 260 working days after the project begins.


“In 2007, we will surpass last year’s record for the amount of money spent for much-needed highway improvements in Kentucky,” Transportation Cabinet Secretary Bill Nighbert said. “Our efforts within KYTC to improve operational efficiencies have paid off in investments in the transportation infrastructure to improve safety and promote economic development. Governor Fletcher made safety and economic development the cornerstones of his highway construction program. He has delivered on his promises to Kentuckians to make our state’s roads safer and better.”


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.