Department of Highways, District 10
Motorists alerted to changing traffic pattern on KY 52 in Lee County as $3.7 million Sharp Rock project gets underway

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

JACKSON, KY – (Oct. 21, 2005) – Motorists in Lee County should be alert to a changing traffic pattern on KY 52, Beattyville-Jackson Road, as a $3.7 million safety improvement project gets underway.

In order to begin construction on the rockfall mitigation project at Sharp Rock, workers will begin installing barrier walls within the project limits next week. This will reduce KY 52 in this area to one lane. The flow of traffic in this single-lane section will be regulated by temporary traffic signals that will be activated once work on the barrier wall placement begins. Drivers in this area should be alert to the presence of the signals and watch for them to be put into service. Motorists may encounter delays in this area and should plan their trips accordingly. Travel between Beattyville and Jackson will be affected.

Governor Ernie Fletcher was in Beattyville on Friday, Oct. 14 to present funding for the project and to announce the impending beginning of construction. Hinkle Contracting Corp. of Paris was awarded the low-bid contract for $3,699,648.89 in July. Once it begins, the work is expected to take approximately six months to complete.

Construction activities are scheduled on a tentative basis and are subject to change depending on weather conditions. Once the work starts, motorists are urged to use caution in the work zone and are asked to "Drive Smart" when workers and equipment are present.