Department of Highways, District 10
Reconstructed segment of KY 699 in Perry County now open to traffic

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, December 17, 2008  
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. – A new segment of KY 699 in Perry County in the Leatherwood area is now open to traffic after being reconstructed in a unique public-private endeavor.


The new alignment replaces a stretch of old highway, approximately two miles long, that was crooked, narrow, and had several breaks and embankment failures. This new segment is built to modern standards and has wider lanes and a less steep grade than the road it replaced.


In the public-private endeavor, Blue Diamond Coal Company built the new road as part of its mining operations in the area.


Although the new segment is open to traffic, construction is not complete. A final layer of asphalt surface will be applied next year, and some other minor finishing work remains. These construction activities will take place as weather permits, and schedules 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 in areas where projects are ongoing.