Department of Highways, District 10
Governor Fletcher, Transportation Cabinet Award $2.3 million Contract for Mountain Parkway Improvements in Wolfe County; Work Set to Begin This Week

Press Release Date:  Monday, July 31, 2006  
Contact Information:  H.B. ELKINS
(606) 666-8841

JACKSON, KY – (July 31, 2006) – The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is working to upgrade the highway network in Wolfe County in the Department of Highways District 10. A road improvement contract for more than $2.3 million for the Mountain Parkway has been approved by the cabinet.

Preliminary work will begin this week on the project, which will affect traffic between Slade and Campton. Motorists will experience temporary lane closures as the work gets underway.

The contract calls for resurfacing seven miles of the four-lane highway, from the Powell-Wolfe county line at mile marker 36 to Exit 43 near Campton. Hinkle Contracting Corp. was awarded the low-bid contract for $2,341,833.63. The work is scheduled to be completed by Sept. 30.

"This project furthers 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."

For the next several weeks, drivers will notice lane closures. The actual paving work is not expected to begin for another couple of weeks, but the Mountain Parkway will be restricted to one lane in each direction while the preliminary work and resurfacing are underway. Motorists may experience short delays during the project.

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.