Department of Highways, District 10
Governor Fletcher, Transportation Cabinet Award Nearly $35 Million in Road Construction Contracts in Perry County

Press Release Date:  Thursday, December 21, 2006  
Contact Information:  H.B. ELKINS
INFORMATION OFFICER,
DISTRICT 10
(606) 666-8841
hb.elkins@ky.gov
http://transportation.ky.gov/d10
 


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 three road construction contracts in Perry County totaling nearly $35 million.

The first contract calls for the reconstruction of 2.57 miles of KY 7 between Jeff and Viper.

The other two contracts are for guardrail installation. Affected highways are 0.37 miles of KY 80, Hyden-Hazard Road near the Leslie County line, and 0.05 miles of KY 463, Delphia-Letcher County Line Road near Leatherwood.

"These projects will be very beneficial to Perry County motorists," said Governor Fletcher. "The KY 7 project will replace a narrow road that is prone to dropoffs. The new route will decrease emergency response time to this area of the county and will enhance economic development by making it easier for tourists to view the elk herds in the region. The guardrail installation projects will help provide a measure of safety for motorists who drive the mountainous roads so common in this part of Kentucky."

Bizzack Constructon LLC was awarded the low-bid contract for the KY 7 reconstruction project for $34,845,312.83. The anticipated completion date is 550 working days after construction begins. George B. Stone Co., LLC of Sharpsburg was awarded the low-bid contract for the KY 80 guardrail installation project for $34,806. The anticipated completion date is June 30. Big Sandy Guardrail, Inc. of Pikeville was awarded the low-bid contract for the KY 463 guardrail installation project for $8,631.05. The anticipated completion date is June 30.

"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.

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