Department of Highways, District 10
Governor Fletcher, Transportation Cabinet Award Nearly $4.4 Million in Road Construction Contracts in Magoffin 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 two road construction contracts in Magoffin County totaling nearly $4.4 million.

The first contract calls for replacement of a bridge crossing the Licking River on US 460, Salyersville-West Liberty Road, 0.1 miles north of the junction with KY 1081.

The second contract calls for the modification of the superelevation of the bridge carrying the Bert T. Combs Mountain Parkway over KY 30 at Exit 72.

"These are two major bridge projects for Magoffin County," said Governor Fletcher. "The Mountain Parkway is the major transportation artery linking the Eastern Kentucky highlands with the Bluegrass region of Kentucky. It is vital that this highway be kept in good repair so motorists can safely travel it. Similarly, US 460 is a primary route in Magoffin County and the replacement of an outdated and substandard bridge will result in a safer highway for drivers."

Frederick & May Construction Company of West Liberty was awarded the low-bid contract for the US 460 bridge replacement project for $2,997,089.75. The anticipated completion date is 125 working days after construction begins. Jones & Bourland, Inc. of Prestonsburg was awarded the low-bid contract for the Mountain Parkway bridge project for $1,371,138.50. The anticipated completion date is 131 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. "These projects are 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.