Department of Highways, District 10
State, local officials to cut ribbon on new KY 7 in Morgan County on Dec. 2

Press Release Date:  Monday, November 21, 2005  
Contact Information:  H.B. ELKINS
(606) 666-8841

JACKSON, KY – (Nov. 21, 2005) -- Residents of Morgan County and the surrounding area are invited to join state and local officials for a ceremonial ribbon cutting to mark the opening of a new section of KY 7 to traffic.

Acting Transportation Secretary Bill Nighbert, State Representative John Will Stacy and Morgan County Judge-Executive Tim Conley are among the officials who will take part in the event. It will be held Friday, Dec. 2, at 1 p.m. at a site adjacent to the new highway, just south of the KY 519 intersection.

"This new highway is important not only for Morgan County, but the entire region," Secretary Nighbert said. "This new alignment will improve traffic flow between West Liberty and I-64 at Morehead and Grayson, and it also provides a safer highway for students commuting to Morehead State University. Not only is it part of a corridor under development between the Mountain Parkway and I-64, but eventually it will become part of a larger corridor linking I-75 at London with I-64 in the Grayson-Ashland area. This route will open up the counties it serves to economic development."

The new alignment opened to traffic in September. Some final surfacing and landscaping work remains to be completed, along with guardrail installation, before the $14 million construction project is complete.

The new route begins at the north city limits of West Liberty, just north of the US 460 intersection. It ends at the intersection of KY 7 and KY 519, and includes a new bridge crossing Elk Fork near the northern end. The route ties into KY 519, much of which has been improved in Morgan and Rowan counties, connecting West Liberty and Morehead. Several sections of KY 7 in Morgan, Elliott and Carter counties between the north end of this project and Grayson have also been rebuilt or are slated for improvements in the state's Six-Year Plan.

In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held in the gymnasium of the Morgan County Community Center, 450 Prestonsburg Street in West Liberty.

Drivers are reminded that this area is still part of a construction zone. Motorists are asked to "Drive Smart" and be alert for flaggers, workers and equipment in the construction zone. They are also reminded to slow down in work areas, 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 zone. There may still be delays in the work area, so drivers should plan their trips accordingly.