Department of Highways, District 10
Governor Fletcher, Transportation Cabinet announce road construction project in Morgan County

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, October 19, 2005  
Contact Information:  H.B. ELKINS
(606) 666-8841

JACKSON, KY – (Oct. 17, 2005) – Governor Ernie Fletcher and Acting Transportation Secretary Bill Nighbert announce the awarding of a contract in the amount of $19,800 for highway improvements in Morgan 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 project involves repairing two flood-damaged roads for the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The first project includes repairs on KY 589, Middle Fork Road, between KY 172 and Yocum Road. The second project includes repairs on KY 650, Straight Creek Road, between Mack Fork Road and the Straight Creek culvert at milepoint 2.446. Horne & Tramel, of West Van Lear, was awarded the low-bid contract for both projects at a total cost of $19,800 and the work is scheduled to be completed by April 30, 2006.

"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 Kentuckians," said acting Secretary Nighbert.

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.