Department of Highways, District 10
Governor Fletcher and Transportation Cabinet Award $437,997.25 Highway Contract in Morgan County

Press Release Date:  Monday, July 11, 2005  
Contact Information:  H.B. ELKINS
(606) 666-8841

JACKSON, KY – (July 11, 2005) – The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is working to upgrade the highway network in Morgan County. A contract for road construction, totaling $437,997.25, has been approved by the cabinet.

"These projects reflect my administration’s commitment to ensuring that drivers in Morgan County are able to get to their workplaces, schools or other destinations with confidence that our state’s roads are in the best condition possible," said Governor Ernie Fletcher.

The project includes resurfacing of 9.01 miles on five state routes under one contract, including:

  • KY 705, Grassy Creek-Woodsbend-Omer Road, from US 460 to milepoint 7.252, a distance of 2.50 miles;
  • KY 772, Ezel-Omer-Pomp Road, from milepoint 2.000 to KY 985, a distance of 2.84 miles;
  • KY 844, Buskirk-Stacey Fork Road, from milepoint 6.756 to KY 191, a distance of 2.0 miles;
  • KY 1010, Maytown-Ezel Road, from KY 946 to milepoint 0.809, a distance of 0.5 miles; and
  • KY 3345, Lower Long Branch Road, from Bonny Road to KY 705, a distance of 1.17 miles.

Hinkle Contracting Corp. received the low-bid contract for $437,997.25. The work will be completed by Nov. 30.

The Morgan County project is contained in one of the largest lettings ever in the Transportation Cabinet, and is part of more than $8.1 million in highway projects for District 10 awarded as part of the June bidding. The district includes Breathitt, Estill, Lee, Magoffin, Menifee, Morgan, Owsley, Perry, Powell and Wolfe counties. Statewide, more than $167 million worth of projects have been authorized.

"These new projects will help to repair and upgrade our aging highway infrastructure and provide safer roads that will further economic development and enhance safe travel for Kentuckians," said acting Secretary Bill Nighbert.

Construction activities are scheduled on a tentative basis and are subject to change depending on weather conditions.