Department of Highways, District 11
Governor Fletcher & Transportation Cabinet Award $969,798 in Highway Contracts in Whitley 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 Whitley County.  Two contracts, totaling $969,798 have 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.” 

        Kentucky Avenue (US 25W) from US 25W (Main Street) end one way section extending north to south approach of Railroad Bridge will be resurfaced, a total of 1.0 mile.  Elmo Greer & Sons, LLC was awarded the low bid contract in the amount of $335,246.  

         A second contract was awarded for the resurfacing of seven roadways.  Williamsburg-Red Bird Road (KY 204) will be resurfaced from 0.136 mile west of Freewill Baptist Church south to 0.199 mile east of KY 3422, 1.44 miles.    Main Street (KY 296) will be resurfaced from the I-75 overpass northeasterly to Railroad Crossing, 0.78 mile.  4th/5th street (KY 727) will be resurfaced from KY 1259 east to US 25W, 0.77 mile.  Hill Chapel-Gausdale Road will be resurfaced from Bear Branch Road south to Dead Man Hollow/Owens Branch Road, 1.27 miles.  Suttons Mill-Gatliff Road (KY 904) will be resurfaced from 0.268 mile east of KY 1064 southeasterly to Gatliff Freewill Baptist Church, 1.50 miles and from 0.127 mile north of Siler Chapel Road south to Railroad Crossing, 2.68 miles.  Golden Fork Road (KY 1809) will be resurfaced from KY 92 northeast to Knox County Line, 1.44 miles.  Rockholds-Tyes Ferry Road (KY 3423) will be resurfaced from Jacks Fork Road southeast to KY 779, 1.06 miles.  Elmo Greer & Sons, LLC was also awarded the low bid for this contract in the amount of $634,551.

            Whitley 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 for the US 25W project is July 1, 2006, with the resurfacing projects to be completed by November 30, 2005. Construction activities are scheduled on a tentative basis and are subject to change depending on weather conditions.