Department of Highways, District 10
Governor Fletcher & Transportation Cabinet Award $534,599.65 in Contracts for Highway Improvements in Breathitt County

Press Release Date:  Friday, May 12, 2006  
Contact Information:  H.B. ELKINS
(606) 666-8841

JACKSON, KY – (May 12, 2006) – The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is working to upgrade the highway network in Owsley County in the Department of Highways District 10. Two road improvement contracts totaling $534,599.65 has been approved by the cabinet.

"Kentuckians deserve to travel on safe, smooth highways," said Governor Ernie Fletcher. "These projects reflect my administration's commitment to ensuring that drivers in Kentucky are able to get to work school and other destinations with the confidence that our state's roads are in the best condition possible. Our vision is to provide a safe and reliable transportation network that leads to economic opportunities. These projects show how this administration is fulfilling this vision."

The first contract calls for resurfacing of 1.30 miles of KY 30, Jackson-Booneville Road, from the end of the turning lanes at Highland-Turner School at milepoint 4.5 extending east to the beginning of new surface at milepoint 5.86. Hinkle Contracting Corp. of Paris was awarded the low-bid contract for $98,799.05. The work is scheduled to be completed by Nov. 30.

The second contract calls for resurfacing of 4.94 miles of KY 28, Booneville-Buckhorn-Chavies Road, from the beginning of new surface at milepoint 0.8 extending east to the Perry County line. Hinkle Contracting Corp. was awarded the low-bid contract for $435,760.60. The work is scheduled to be completed by Nov. 30.

District 10 consists of the counties of Breathitt, Estill, Lee, Magoffin, Menifee, Morgan, Owsley, Perry, Powell and Wolfe in east-central and southeast Kentucky. Nearly $1.9 million has been awarded for projects in District 10 during the latest round of contract approvals. Statewide, more than $104 million worth of projects have recently been authorized.

"Through the leadership of Governor Fletcher, 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 all Kentuckians," said Transportation Secretary Bill Nighbert.

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.