JACKSON, KY – (April 12, 2005) -- Governor Ernie Fletcher and Acting Transportation Secretary Bill Nighbert have authorized the expenditure of $225,000 by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet for construction of a center turn lane on KY 52 (Richmond Road) in the West Irvine area of Estill County.
"We are pleased that this project will play a major role in the continued development of economic and residential opportunities for the citizens of Irvine and Estill County," Governor Fletcher said. "This new road expansion will improve safety to children and their parents who attend nearby West Irvine Elementary School, and residents utilizing a nearby community center. The addition of this turn lane fits into our continued vision to provide a safe and reliable transportation system for all Kentuckians."
The center turn lane will be added to KY 52 between KY 499 east (Joseph Proctor Bypass) and KY 499 west (Wisemantown Road), a distance of slightly less than one mile. This project will be done by Hinkle Contracting Corp. in conjunction with a contract previously awarded for resurfacing this portion of KY 52. It will also extend an earlier project, completed last year, to add a center turn lane on KY 52 between KY 89 (McKee Road) and KY 499 (Wisemantown Road).
"This road is also the major commuter route for residents of Estill, Lee and Owsley counties who work or attend school in Richmond and Lexington," Governor Fletcher added. "The addition of the center turn lane will improve safety and ease congestion on this busy highway."
Hinkle will also be resurfacing nearly 6.5 miles of KY 89 (Winchester Road) and 0.22 miles of KY 2455 (Rice Street in Irvine) as part of the $617,949 paving contract awarded last year.
The work is tentatively scheduled to begin the last week of April and should take approximately three weeks to complete. During construction, traffic between Richmond and Irvine, Beattyville and Booneville will be impacted. Drivers may wish to consider using KY 89 and KY 499 during the project to avoid any potential delays.
Money for the project is being provided through the FD 39 (discretionary) funds.