Department of Highways, District 10
Governor Fletcher announces beginning of bridge improvement project in Powell County

Press Release Date:  Thursday, June 23, 2005  
Contact Information:  H.B. ELKINS
(606) 666-8841

JACKSON, KY – (June 23, 2005) -- Orange "Road Work Ahead" signs are in place, and Governor Ernie Fletcher and Acting Transportation Secretary Bill Nighbert announce that construction is underway on a $83,663.20 safety enhancement project to improve the state’s transportation network in Powell County.

The deck of the bridge carrying KY 11 and KY 15 over the Bert T. Combs Mountain Parkway near Rosslyn at milepoint 13.200 will be restored and waterproofed.

The Mid-America Bridge Co. is performing the work, which began today and is scheduled to be completed within 20 working days.

Motorists on the Mountain Parkway may experience lane closures during this project, but no lane closures will be in effect for the Independence Day holiday weekend.

"This is part of the vision of Governor Ernie Fletcher and Acting Transportation Secretary Bill Nighbert to provide a safe and reliable transportation system for all Kentuckians," said Linda Wagner-Justice, chief district engineer for District 10 of the Department of Highways. "This improvement will help ensure better, safer traveling for all drivers who use this road."

Motorists are urged to watch out for flaggers, workers and equipment during the work period. They are also reminded to slow down in construction zones, to obey any posted speed limit reductions, and to pay attention to any traffic control devices such as cones, barrels or barriers they may encounter in the work zone. There may be delays in the work area, so drivers should plan their trips accordingly.