Department of Highways, District 11
Governor Fletcher & Transportation Cabinet Award $840,784 in Highway Contracts in Bell County

Press Release Date:  Friday, August 26, 2005  
Contact Information:  SANDY RUDDER
(606) 598-2145

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is working to upgrade the highway network in Bell County.  Two contracts, totaling $840,784 have been approved by the cabinet.

 "Our highway system is the driving force behind Kentucky’s economic prosperity and flourishing commerce,” said Governor Ernie Fletcher.  “These projects are an example of our continuing work to provide a safe and reliable transportation system throughout the commonwealth.”
25th street (KY 2402) .5 M North of KY 74 extending North to KY 441 in Middlesboro will be resurfaced, a total of 1 mile.  Elmo Greer & Sons LLC was awarded the low bid contract in the amount of $46,598.49.   

A second contract was awarded for asphalt resurfacing.  Cumberland Gap Parkway (US 25E) from .909 miles N of KY 441 extending N to KY 188, a total of 2.71 miles.  Elmo Greer & Sons LLC was also awarded the low bid for this contract in the amount of $794,186.
Bell County is one of 8 counties in District 11.   Approximately $15.5 million has been awarded for projects in District 11 during the latest round of contract approvals.  Statewide, more than $110 million worth of projects have recently been authorized.  

“These maintenance, upgrades and new road projects reflect our commitment to the traveling public,” said acting Transportation Secretary Bill Nighbert. “Kentucky’s motorists can rest assured that they are driving on safe, reliable roads.”

Locally, work is expected to begin in the near future and the anticipated completion date for 25th street is October 31, 2005 and October 15/November 1, 2005 for US 25E. Construction activities are scheduled on a tentative basis and are subject to change depending on weather conditions.