Department of Highways, District 10
Governor Fletcher, Transportation Cabinet Approve $1.5 Million Highway Project in Owsley County

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, September 19, 2006  
Contact Information:  H.B. ELKINS
(606) 666-8841

JACKSON, KY – (Sept. 19, 2006) – To further Governor Ernie Fletcher's goal of a safe and reliable transportation system in Kentucky, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has approved a $1.5 million highway construction project in Owsley County.

A contract has been awarded for the construction of a new bridge on KY 30. The new bridge is located near the intersection of KY 846 near Sturgeon and will replace an old, narrow, substandard span that crosses Little Sturgeon Creek.

"Constructing a new bridge on KY 30 is an example of our efforts to make Kentucky communities safer," said Governor Fletcher. "This project will improve residential and commercial travel in Owsley and Lee counties, boosting economic development opportunities in the area."

In addition to this bridge project, the Transportation Cabinet recently awarded a contract to upgrade another four-mile section of KY 30 in Laurel County between Freeman Branch and the Rockcastle River.

"Governor Fletcher's goals for Kentucky's state highway system are to boost economic development and improve traffic safety," Transportation Cabinet Secretary Bill Nighbert continued. "This new bridge is a key step toward meeting those goals."

Frederick & May Construction Co. was the successful low bidder on the project and was awarded the contract worth $1,553,696.06 to build the new bridge. Once work begins, the contractor will have 135 working days to complete 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.