Department of Highways, District 10
Governor Fletcher, Transportation Cabinet announce funding for highway project in Menifee County

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, July 26, 2005  
Contact Information:  H.B. ELKINS
(606) 666-8841

JACKSON, KY – (July 25, 2005) -- Governor Ernie Fletcher and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet have authorized the release of funds for a highway improvement project in Menifee County.

Funding in the amount of $475,000 has been released for right of way acquisition for a project to improve a portion of KY 1274 near Scranton, east of Frenchburg. This project will improve the existing alignment and mitigate rockfall between milepoints 6.5 and 8.0, a distance of 1.5 miles.

"This is part of Governor Ernie Fletcher’s vision to provide a safe and reliable transportation system in Kentucky," said acting Transportation Secretary Bill Nighbert. "The Fletcher administration is committed to improving safety on our vital roads that connect counties and cities, and provide access to popular tourist destinations such as Cave Run Lake. We are pleased to begin working on this improvement for the benefit of drivers in Menifee County and all who use this route."

There are four phases of funding road construction projects in Kentucky -- design, utility relocation, right of way acquisition and construction. Each of the first three phases must be completed before actual construction work can begin on an improvement project.

"Right of way acquisition is the final portion of a project that must be completed before equipment moves in and construction begins," Nighbert said. "Once we purchase the property we need for the new highway, the actual work that’s visible to the traveling public can begin."