Department of Highways, District 10
Governor Fletcher, Transportation Cabinet Approve $734,218.88 in Highway Improvements in Breathitt County

Press Release Date:  Friday, August 25, 2006  
Contact Information:  H.B. ELKINS
(606) 666-8841

JACKSON, KY – (Aug. 25, 2006) – To further Governor Ernie Fletcher's goal of a safe and reliable transportation system in Kentucky, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has approved $734,218.88 worth of improvements for state highways in Breathitt County this summer.

"Breathitt County drivers will benefit from these projects," Transportation Secretary Bill Nighbert said. "We want to ensure that the roads local motorists use to get to work and school are as smooth and safe as possible. Governor Fletcher's goals for Kentucky's state highway system are to boost economic development and improve traffic safety. These projects help accomplish these goals and will be beneficial to the Breathitt Countians who use these roads every day. We're pleased to be able to make this investment in the local infrastructure."

Work has already begun, been completed or has been scheduled on the following projects:

  • Resurfacing 0.83 miles of KY 378, Frozen Road.
  • Resurfacing 2.0 miles of KY 397, Curt Road.
  • Resurfacing 1.27 miles of KY 541, War Creek Road.
  • Resurfacing 1.0 miles of KY 1098, South Fork Road.
  • Resurfacing 0.67 miles of KY 1278, Watts Road.
  • Resurfacing 1.45 miles of KY 2436, Airport Road.
  • Resurfacing 0.81 miles of KY 3193, Wolverine Road.

These projects total $734,218.88 and were awarded to the lowest and best bidder in each case. All work is scheduled to be completed by Nov. 30.

"By the end of this year, we expect to have awarded more than $1 billion in highway improvement contracts These contracts are for resurfacing and rehabilitation of existing roads as well as new construction and bridge replacements," Nighbert said. "By improving efficiency in Transportation 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.