Department of Highways, District 11
Governor Fletcher & Transportation Cabinet Award $377,028 in Highway Contract in Harlan County

Press Release Date:  Monday, September 26, 2005  
Contact Information:  SANDY RUDDER
606) 598-2145

       The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is working to upgrade the highway network in Harlan County.  A contract, totaling $377,028 has been approved by the cabinet.

        “We want Kentuckians and visitors alike to know that WHENEVER you drive and WHEREVER you drive in this Commonwealth, you can count on safe, dependable roads,” said Acting Transportation Secretary Bill Nighbert. “As we evaluate projects, safety,  reliability and economic development are at the top of the list.”
          A contract was awarded for the resurfacing of two roadways.  Cawood-Harlan Road (US 421) will be resurfaced from KY 1137 north to KY 990, 3.39 miles.  US 119 Loop (KY 3152) will be resurfaced from US 119 at Wilhoit east to US 119, 0.86 mile.  Mountain Enterprises, Inc. was awarded the low bid contract in the amount of $377,028.  

           Harlan County is one of eight counties in District 11.  Approximately $3 million has been awarded for projects in District 11 during the latest round of contract approvals. Statewide, more than $91 million worth of projects have recently been authorized which brings the total amount of contracts awarded this year to more than $521 million. 

           “Here in Kentucky we have embraced a philosophy that relies on a solid transportation system as the underpinning for flourishing commerce,” said Governor Ernie Fletcher. “Highway projects such as these are a shining example of our commitment to those principles.”

            Locally, work is expected to begin in the near future and the anticipated completion date is August 15, 2006.  Construction activities are scheduled on a tentative basis and are subject to change depending on weather conditions.