Department of Highways, District 10
Governor Fletcher, Transportation Cabinet Award $403,471.75 Contract for Highway Improvements in Morgan County

Press Release Date:  Monday, June 05, 2006  
Contact Information:  H.B. ELKINS
(606) 666-8841

JACKSON, KY – (June 5, 2006) – The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is working to upgrade the highway network in Morgan County in the Department of Highways District 10. One road improvement contract for $403,471.75 has been approved by the cabinet.

"These projects exemplify the improvements I want to make in our transportation network," said Governor Ernie Fletcher. "Kentucky is a strong and vibrant state that must have a highway system that can accommodate its growing economy and prosperity."

The contract calls for resurfacing portions of three Morgan County highways totaling 4.5 miles:

  • KY 205, Helechawa-Buskirk Road, from the Wolfe County line extending north to the beginning of new surface at milepoint 1.946, a distance of 1.95 miles.
  • KY 976, Zag-Hickory Grove Road, from the beginning of state maintenance south of Sheets Road extending north a distance of 1.0 miles.
  • KY 2498, Liberty Road, from Neal Road at milepoint 6.170 extending north to US 460, a distance of 1.55 miles.

Hinkle Contracting Corp. of Paris was awarded the low-bid contract. The work is scheduled to be completed by Nov. 30.

District 10 consists of the counties of Breathitt, Estill, Lee, Magoffin, Menifee, Morgan, Owsley, Perry, Powell and Wolfe in east-central and southeast Kentucky. Nearly $750,000 has been awarded for projects in District 10 during the latest round of contract approvals. Statewide, more than $94 million worth of projects have recently been authorized.

"These projects further Governor Fletcher’s commitments to providing the commonwealth with safe, dependable roads that lead to new jobs," said Transportation Secretary Bill Nighbert. "Through these projects, we are moving the state forward and providing greater opportunities for everyone who calls Kentucky home."

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.