JACKSON, KY – (March 21, 2005) -- Governor Ernie Fletcher will join Transportation Cabinet officials and state and local officials in a ceremonial groundbreaking on Tuesday, March 29 for the KY 15 reconstruction project in Breathitt County.
The event will take place at the Park & Ride lot at the intersection of KY 15 and KY 205 at Vancleve, which is the northern end of the project. In case of rain, the ceremony will be moved indoors to the Vancleve Fire Department building.
No exact time has yet been set for the groundbreaking, but an early afternoon event is anticipated. When a time is set, it will be announced on broadcast media outlets in the region.
The $36.5 million project will replace a dangerous, curvy section of KY 15 with a 3.4-mile four-lane highway with wide shoulders and a depressed median. The section to be bypassed has been the site of 55 automobile accidents over the past two years, with five fatalities and 35 injuries.
"This highway is one of the major routes from the mountains of southeastern Kentucky to the Bluegrass area of the state," said Governor Fletcher. "This new section of KY 15 will bypass an especially curvy section with dangerous blind spots. We are pleased to make this improvement for the benefit of drivers in Breathitt County as well as motorists in the entire southeastern corner of the state."
The contract for the project was awarded in January, and construction began shortly thereafter. The project is scheduled to be completed by the summer of 2008.