Department of Highways, District 10
Governor Fletcher, Transportation Cabinet Award Contracts Totaling Nearly $163,000 for Highway Construction in Magoffin County

Press Release Date:  Monday, December 11, 2006  
Contact Information:  H.B. ELKINS
(606) 666-8841

JACKSON, KY – (Dec. 11, 2006) – Governor Ernie Fletcher and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet continue to fulfill their vision to provide a safe and reliable transportation system in Kentucky. KYTC has awarded two highway construction contracts totaling nearly $163,000 in Magoffin County.

The first contract is for bridge deck restoration and waterproofing on the Bert T. Combs Mountain Parkway. This $107,368.12 project will repair the Burning Fork bridge crossing at milepoint 75.320, near the parkway's eastern terminus at Salyersville.

"The Mountain Parkway is the major connecting route between the eastern Kentucky highlands and the Bluegrass region," said Governor Fletcher. "It is vital that we keep this very important transportation artery in good repair. This bridge repair project will help ensure that there is a safe route between the mountains and the Bluegrass."

M & M Services Co., Inc. of Mt. Sterling was awarded the low-bid contract. The anticipated completion date is June 30, 2007.

The second contract calls for guardrail installation in two locations. The first is along a half-mile portion of KY 1081 on Mine Fork Hill; the second is along a 0.09-mile portion of KY 7 in Salyersville near the Magoffin County Board of Education office. The combined costs of these projects will be $55,236.

"These two guardrail installation projects will help ensure the safety of motorists who use these highways," Governor Fletcher said. "The project on Mine Fork Hill was championed by the students at Prater Borders Elementary School, who learned a valuable lesson in civic involvement when they wrote us in support of the work, and I applaud them for their interest in highway safety. Both of these projects will result in safer highways for Magoffin County motorists."

N. H. Stone Inc. of Sharpsburg was awarded the low-bid contract. The anticipated completion date is June 30, 2007.

"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."

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.