Department of Highways, District 10
Governor Fletcher, Transportation Cabinet announce additional road funds for construction in Breathitt County; $140,999.50 awarded for highway improvement project

Press Release Date:  Thursday, September 22, 2005  
Contact Information:  H.B. ELKINS
(606) 666-8841

JACKSON, KY – (Sept. 21, 2005) – Governor Ernie Fletcher and Acting Transportation Secretary Bill Nighbert announce the awarding of a $140,999.50 contract for highway improvements in Breathitt County.

"This project is an example of our administration’s goal of providing a safe and reliable transportation system for all Kentuckians," Governor Fletcher said. "Through this project and others like it, we can continue to move the state forward and provide greater opportunities for everyone who calls Kentucky home."

The contract calls for resurfacing 2.80 miles of KY 1812, Frozen Hill Road or old KY 15, from Tower Road extending east to KY 540.

The Breathitt County project is one of nine projects totaling nearly $1.2 million for District Ten awarded as part of the Aug. 26 bid opening. The district includes Breathitt, Estill, Lee, Magoffin, Menifee, Morgan, Owsley, Perry, Powell and Wolfe counties. Statewide, more than $91 million worth of projects have been authorized from the Aug. 26 bid opening. To date, more than $521 million worth of highway improvement contracts have been awarded this year.

"These new projects will help to repair and upgrade our aging highway infrastructure and provide safer roads that will further economic development and enhance safe travel for Kentuckians," said acting Secretary Nighbert.

Hinkle Contracting Corp. of Paris was awarded the low-bid contract, and work is scheduled to be completed by Nov. 15.

Construction activities are scheduled on a tentative basis and are subject to change depending on weather conditions. Once work starts, motorists are urged to use caution in the work zones and are asked to "Drive Smart" when workers and equipment are present.