Department of Highways, District 10
Governor Fletcher, Transportation Cabinet Award $7.8 Million Road Construction Contract in Lee County

Press Release Date:  Thursday, December 21, 2006  
Contact Information:  H.B. ELKINS
(606) 666-8841

JACKSON, KY – (Dec. 21, 2006) – Governor Ernie Fletcher and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet continue to fulfill their vision to provide a safe and reliable transportation system in Kentucky. The KYTC has awarded a $7.8 million road construction contract in Lee County.

The contract is for construction of a new KY 52 bypass on the north side of downtown Beattyville. The project will bypass a substandard railroad underpass that is prone to flooding, and will eliminate two at-grade railroad crossings in the city limits.

"Motorists in Beattyville and Lee County will benefit greatly from this project," said Governor Fletcher. "In addition to the obvious safety and convenience improvements this new highway will bring, it will improve access to Lee County High School, Lee County Area Technology Center and other important local facilities. This has been a long-anticipated project and we are glad that construction is ready to begin."

Judy Construction Company of Cynthiana was awarded the low-bid contract for $7,853,853.66. The anticipated completion date is 266 working days after construction begins.

"Governor Fletcher is committed to providing the best possible highways for drivers in Kentucky," Transportation Cabinet Secretary Bill Nighbert said. "This project is just part of that goal. Through making operations at the Transportation Cabinet more efficient, we have been able to award record numbers of construction contracts the past two years and invest several million dollars in the transportation infrastructure of this state."

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.