Department of Highways, District 10
Governor Fletcher, Transportation Cabinet Approve More Than $1.4 Million in Highway Improvements in Perry County

Press Release Date:  Friday, August 25, 2006  
Contact Information:  H.B. ELKINS
(606) 666-8841

JACKSON, KY – (Aug. 25, 2006) – To further Governor Ernie Fletcher's goal of a safe and reliable transportation system in Kentucky, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has approved more than $1.4 million worth of improvements for state highways in Perry County this summer.

"These highway projects are very important to Perry County," Transportation Secretary Bill Nighbert said. "We are making upgrades to rural roads, major through highways and routes that lead to tourist destinations such as Buckhorn Lake State Park. Governor Fletcher's goals for Kentucky's state highway system are to boost economic development and improve traffic safety. These projects help accomplish these goals and will prove beneficial to Perry County residents and visitors alike. This is a significant investment in the state highway network in Perry County and we are pleased to be able to make these improvements."

Work has already begun, been completed or has been scheduled on the following projects:

  • Resurfacing 2.61 miles of KY 28.
  • Resurfacing of two sections of KY 451 totaling 4.12 miles.
  • Resurfacing 2.27 miles of KY 476.
  • Resurfacing of three sections of KY 1096 totaling 4.21 miles.
  • Resurfacing 1.5 miles of KY 1440.
  • Replacing guardrail along 4.23 miles of KY 15.
  • Installing guardrail along 3.37 miles of KY 451.

These projects total $1,442,425.55 and were awarded to the lowest and best bidder in each case. All work is scheduled to be completed by Nov. 30.

"By the end of this year, we expect to have awarded more than $1 billion in highway improvement contracts These contracts are for resurfacing and rehabilitation of existing roads as well as new construction and bridge replacements," Nighbert said. "By improving efficiency in Transportation Cabinet operations, we have been able to spend more money on road maintenance and construction than ever before in the Commonwealth. This represents an investment in the safety and the economic well-being of all Kentuckians, which is a priority of Governor Fletcher."

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.