Governor, KYTC award $698,512.92 in highway contracts for Johnson County

Press Release Date:  Monday, September 26, 2005  
Contact Information:  Sara George, Information Officer
Highway District 12
109 Loraine Street
Pikeville, Kentucky 41501

 JOHNSON COUNTY—Monday, September 26, 2005—The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is working to upgrade the highway network in Johnson County. Two contracts totaling $698,512.92 were approved by the Cabinet recently, involving work on five different state roads in the county.

 “We want Kentuckians and visitors alike to know what 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.”

 In Johnson County, a contract for asphalt resurfacing of the five routes was awarded to Mountain Enterprises in the amount of $319,247.92. The roads included in the contract are Old Springs-Hargas Road (KY 580) from KY 40 (mile points 1.765) north to KY 1409 (mile points 3.325), a distance of 1.56 miles; Pickle Fork Road (KY 580) from KY 2316 (mile point 8.78) south to KY 40 (mile point 12.089), a distance of 3.31 miles; Hargas-Low Gap Road (KY 580) from KY 1409 (mile point 3.325) north for 2.8 miles; Flat Gap-Barnrock Road (KY 689) from KY 1092 (mile point 7.769) around the loop to KY 1092 (mile point 11.212), a distance of 3.44 miles; and Rockhouse-Fitz Road (KY 2039) from KY 825 (mile point zero) north to US 460 (mile point 3.0).

 In addition, a contract in the amount of $379,265.00 was awarded to Horne & Tramel Construction Company of West Van Lear for improvements to CR 8558 (Butcher Hollow Road) leading to the Loretta Lynn Home place. The contract calls for asphalt surface with grade and drain.

 Johnson County is one of seven counties in Highway District 12. Approximately $4.6 million has been awarded for projects in District 12 during the latest round of contract approvals. Statewide, more than $91 million in projects has recently been authorized, which brings the total amount of contracts 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 shining examples of our commitment to those principles.”

 Locally, work is expected to begin in the near future and the anticipated completion date is November 30. Construction activities are scheduled on a tentative basis and are subject to change depending on weather conditions.