Department of Highways, District 10
Design work begins on five bridges in five counties in District 10

Press Release Date:  Friday, June 03, 2005  
Contact Information:  H.B. Elkins, PIO
District 10

Design work begins on five bridges in five counties in District 10

JACKSON, KY – (June 3, 2005) -- As part of its ongoing efforts to make Kentucky’s roadways safer, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has given the go-ahead for personnel in its District 10 office to proceed with design work for five bridge replacement projects in five counties in the district.

"We are well aware of just how important these rural bridges are to the drivers who use them," said Bill Nighbert, acting Transportation Cabinet secretary. "The administration of Governor Ernie Fletcher is committed to ensuring a safe travel experience for all Kentuckians. Replacing substandard bridges on rural roads is part of our plan to make our state’s highways safer for those who travel them to get to work or school."

Bridges to be replaced are:

  • Breathitt County, Bowman Fork Road, bridge over Upper Twin Creek 0.15 miles south of KY 52.
  • Magoffin County, Mallie Hale Road, bridge over Licking River 0.1 miles northeast of KY 7.
  • Morgan County, KY 711, bridge over Devils Fork 2.9 miles northwest of KY 7.
  • Perry County, Napier Farm Road, bridge over Lotts Creek southwest of KY 1088.
  • Powell County, KY 11, bridge over Middle Fork of Red River 0.3 miles east of KY 1639.

"These bridge replacement projects are part of the vision of Governor Fletcher and Secretary Nighbert to provide a safe and reliable transportation system," said Linda Wagner-Justice, chief district engineer for District 10. "Once completed, these improvements will help ensure better, safer traveling for all drivers who use these roads."

After design work on these bridges is complete, the state will proceed with utility relocation, right-of-way purchase, and eventually construction. All five bridges are listed in the state’s Six-Year Road Plan and construction on all is scheduled to be underway by 2008.

As the design work proceeds, Transportation Cabinet personnel will take into consideration impacts on the environment to ensure the projects will benefit residents in the area and will cause as little disruption as possible.