Department of Highways, District 11
Governor Fletcher & Transportation Cabinet Announce Funding for Highway Project in Jackson/Laurel County

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, October 05, 2005  
Contact Information:  SANDY RUDDER
(606) 598-2145

MANCHESTER, KY –(October 5, 2005)— Governor Ernie Fletcher and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet announce funding to reconstruct a section of KY 30 in Jackson and Laurel County.

 “Our highway system is the driving force behind Kentucky’s economic prosperity and flourishing commerce,” said Governor Ernie Fletcher.  “Projects like these are an example of our continuing work to provide a safe and reliable transportation system not only to Jackson and Laurel County but throughout the commonwealth.”

 The project will reconstruct a six mile section of KY 30 from Rockcastle River to Annville (0.1 miles east of the Rockcastle River east to 0.3 miles west of the Welchburg Road).  $2,126,000 in federal funding is scheduled for right of way acquisition and $700,000 to relocate utilities for a total of $2,826,000.

 Right of way plans have been finalized and representatives from the Transportation Cabinet will be contacting affected property owners in the near future.  Environmental documents pertaining to the project are in the process of being finalized at this time.
  “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.”

 “This is the next step in getting KY 30 completed,” said Senator Tom Jensen, “I made a commitment to the people to get this road completed through Jackson County.  I met with Senator Mitch McConnell and Congressman Harold “Hal” Rogers representatives and received a commitment from them to assist in obtaining financing to complete this project.  Governor Fletcher and Acting Transportation Secretary Bill Nighbert have assured me that this project is a priority.”

 “The future economy of our area depends on good roads,” said Representative Marie Rader, “Safety for our residents is of primary importance and good access for industry to provide jobs for our people”. 

 The construction phase of the project is projected to begin in Spring 2007.