Department of Highways, District 10
Transportation Cabinet begins paving projects in Lee County

Press Release Date:  Thursday, June 16, 2005  
Contact Information:  H.B. Elkins, PIO
District 10

JACKSON, KY – (June 16, 2005) -- Orange "Road Work Ahead" signs are in place, and construction has begun on two resurfacing projects to improve the state’s transportation network in Lee County.

Hinkle Contracting Corp. started work this week on two separate paving projects totaling 5.11 miles. The work was awarded in one contract totaling $425,559.50.

"This is part of the vision of Governor Ernie Fletcher and Acting Transportation Secretary Bill Nighbert to provide a safe and reliable transportation system for all Kentuckians," said Linda Wagner-Justice, chief district engineer for District 10 of the Department of Highways. "This improvement will help ensure better, safer traveling for all drivers who use these roads."

The following roads will be resurfaced in the coming days:

  • KY 11, Beattyville-Booneville Road, from KY 587 to the South Fork of Kentucky River bridge at Beattyville, a distance of 2.32 miles. This will impact traffic between Beattyville and Booneville.
  • KY 399, Vincent-Idamay-Heidelberg Road, from KY 587 at Idamay to the Kentucky River bridge at Heidelberg, a distance of 2.79 miles. This will impact traffic between Heidelberg and Beattyville.

Milling on KY 399 began today, and paving is expected to begin tomorrow. Milling will be done on KY 11 tomorrow and paving should take place next week. Motorists should be aware of rough road conditions in milled areas, including bridge ends where the new pavement will abut the bridge deck.

Motorists are urged to watch out for flaggers, workers and equipment during the work period. They are also reminded to slow down in construction zones, to obey any posted speed limit reductions, and to pay attention to any traffic control devices such as cones, barrels or barriers they may encounter in the work area. There may be delays in the work area, so drivers should plan their trips accordingly.