Department of Highways, District 11
Governor Fletcher & Transportation Cabinet Award $13,436,588 in Highway Contracts in Whitley 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 Whitley County.  Two contracts, totaling $13,436,588 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.”
I-75 from the TN state line (MP 0) extending N to Laurel county line (MP 27.943) will receive JPC pavement repairs, a distance of 27.94 miles.  W.L. Harper Co. was awarded the low bid contract in the amount of $2,303,600.  

 A second contract was awarded for grade and drain.  Jellico Creek-Williamsburg Road (KY 92), from Cornbread Branch near Old Jellico Road East (MP 4.400) to KY 296 (MP 9.900), a distance of 5.15 miles.  Hi-View LLC was awarded the low bid for this contract in the amount of $11,132,988.
Whitley 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 dates for I-75 are December 22, 2005 (MP 0-10) and May 25, 2006 (MP 10-27.94). Completion date for KY 92  is scheduled for Fall 2008.  Construction activities are scheduled on a tentative basis and are subject to change depending on weather conditions.