Department of Highways, District 10
Governor Fletcher, Transportation Cabinet announce additional road funds for Estill County

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, August 17, 2005  
Contact Information:  H.B. ELKINS
(606) 666-8841

JACKSON, KY – (Aug. 17, 2005) – Governor Ernie Fletcher and Acting Transportation Secretary Bill Nighbert announce the awarding of a $127,773.25 contract for highway improvements in Estill 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 sections of two highways totaling 2.44 miles. The first section includes 2.09 miles of KY 213, Irvine-Stanton Road, from KY 52 extending north to Crowe Hollow Road. The second section includes 0.35 miles of KY 1840, Coal Wash Road, from Stump Road extending north to KY 89.

The Estill County project is one of nine projects totaling nearly $3.3 million for District Ten awarded as part of the July bidding. The district includes Breathitt, Estill, Lee, Magoffin, Menifee, Morgan, Owsley, Perry, Powell and Wolfe counties.

"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 all Kentuckians," said acting Secretary Nighbert.

Hinkle Contracting Corp. of Paris was awarded the low-bid contract, and work is scheduled to be completed by Oct. 31.

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.