Department of Highways, District 10
Governor Fletcher, Transportation Cabinet Approve $3.3 Million in Highway Projects for Powell County

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, September 19, 2006  
Contact Information:  H.B. ELKINS
(606) 666-8841

Governor Fletcher, Transportation Cabinet Approve $3.3 Million in Highway Projects for Powell County

JACKSON, KY – (Sept. 19, 2006) – To further Governor Ernie Fletcher's goal of a safe and reliable transportation system in Kentucky, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has approved two highway construction projects totaling $3.3 million in Powell County.

Contracts have been awarded for the resurfacing of 7.24 miles of the Mountain Parkway and for bridge deck repairs in Natural Bridge State Resort Park.

"The Mountain Parkway is the main route between the eastern, southeastern and bluegrass regions of the state, and is the primary artery for commerce in this region. Obviously, keeping this highway in good repair is crucial," said Governor Fletcher. "Additionally, Natural Bridge is one of our finest state parks, generating tourism dollars for communities and counties in the region. Maintaining easy access to this facility through safe roads will benefit local drivers and tourists alike."

The Mountain Parkway resurfacing project will begin at the Clark County line and extend eastward to milepoint 19.150, which is east of the KY 1057 interchange at Exit 18. The Walker Company of Kentucky, Inc., was the low bidder on the project and was awarded a contract for $3,141.180.67. Construction will not begin until the spring of 2007 and will be completed by June 30 of next year.

The bridge project involves installing a bridge deck overlay on the bridge crossing the Middle Fork of the Red River at the park's main entrance. Intech Contracting, LLC, was the low bidder and was awarded a contract for $168,277.88. This project will be completed by Nov. 15.

"We expect to invest approximately $1 billion in construction projects statewide this year," said Transportation Cabinet Secretary Bill Nighbert. "By improving efficiency in Cabinet operations, we have been able to spend more money on road maintenance and construction than ever before in the Commonwealth. This represents an investment in the safety and the economic well-being of all Kentuckians, which is a priority of Governor Fletcher."

Construction activities are scheduled on a tentative basis and are subject to change depending on weather conditions. Motorists are asked to "Drive Smart" in work zones and be aware of workers and construction equipment when traveling in areas where projects are ongoing.