Department of Highways, District 10
Work to begin next week on new turn lane for KY 11 north in Beattyville

Press Release Date:  Monday, July 11, 2005  
Contact Information:  H.B. ELKINS
(606) 666-8841

JACKSON, KY – (July 11, 2005) -- Work is scheduled to begin Monday, July 18 on a $342,000 safety improvement project on KY 11 in Lee County. A center turn lane will be added to this busy route just north of Beattyville, in the vicinity of the Village Center office complex, the Beattyville Fire Department, and other commercial developments in the area.

Governor Ernie Fletcher approved the expenditure funds for this project earlier this year.

"We are pleased to make this safety improvement for drivers in Beattyville and Lee County," Governor Fletcher said. "Whether it’s creating access to schools and industry, or initiating safety improvements to save lives, projects on our rural roads are vital to Kentucky’s transportation network and the residents of our Commonwealth. Our vision is to provide a safe and reliable transportation system for all Kentucky motorists."

The turning lane will improve access from KY 11 to the Village Center, a growing office complex north of downtown, and to Big Hill Avenue, where several offices and businesses are located. This safety improvement will help eliminate the possibility of accidents on this busy stretch of highway.

Drivers may encounter delays as the work progresses. Construction will involve reinforcing the shoulders of the road and minor widening to accommodate the center turn lane, along with necessary paving and striping. Motorists are urged to use caution in the work areas, and to be alert for flaggers, workers, equipment that may block a portion of the roadway, and other items of concern in work zones. They should pay attention to warning signs alerting them of the roadwork and obey work zone speed limits where applicable.