Department of Highways, District 10
Governor Fletcher, Transportation Cabinet Approve Nearly $1.2 Million in Highway Improvements in Estill 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 nearly $1.2 million worth of improvements for state highways in Estill County this summer.

"These repairs in Estill County are very much needed," Transportation Secretary Bill Nighbert said. "Two of these projects are on KY 89, which is an important route in Estill County. This highway leads to one of Kentucky's Scenic Byways, and any improvements we can make that enhance tourism lead to an improved local economy. The other projects are for several of Estill County's rural roads. These are school bus routes and the roads that people use every day to get to and from work. 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 Estill Countians and others who use these roads every day. We're pleased to be able to make this investment in the local infrastructure."

Work is planned on the following projects:

  • Resurfacing two sections of KY 89, South Irvine Road and McKee Road, totaling 8.96 miles.
  • Resurfacing 2.56 miles of KY 594, Red Lick Road.
  • Resurfacing 1.0 miles of KY 851, Barnes Mountain Road.
  • Resurfacing 2.0 miles of KY 1886, New Fox Road.
  • Resurfacing 1.18 miles of KY 3327, Stacy Lane.

These projects total $1,181,680.61 and were awarded to the lowest and best bidder in a competitive bidding process. 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.