Department of Highways, District 11
Governor Fletcher & Transportation Cabinet Award $618,658 in Highway Contract in Knox County

Press Release Date:  Thursday, September 29, 2005  
Contact Information:  SANDY RUDDER
(606) 598-2145

      The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is working to upgrade the highway network in Knox County.  A contract, totaling $618,658 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 six roadways.  Stinking Creek Road will be resurfaced from Coles Branch Road north to KY 2406, 1.50 miles.  Barbourville-Walker Memorial Park Road will be resurfaced from 0.017 mile east of Engle Hollow Road south to 0.591 miles SW of Bull Run Creek Bridge, 1.95 miles.  Artemus-Himyar Road (KY 930) will be resurfaced from Stinking Creek Bridge east to US 25E, 2.29 miles.  Girdler-Richland Creek Road (KY 1304) will be resurfaced from KY 11 north to KY 1803, 2.90 miles.  Hunting Shirt Branch Road will be resurfaced from Crook Branch Culvert northwest to KY 229, 2.34 miles.  Poplar Creek Road (KY 1809) will be resurfaced from the Whitley County Line north to 0.169 miles N of Eastridge Branch Road, 2.0 miles.   Elmo Greer & Sons, LLC was awarded the low bid contract in the amount of $618,658.  

           Knox 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 November 30, 2005.  Construction activities are scheduled on a tentative basis and are subject to change depending on weather conditions.