First section of KY 52 Reconstruction officially opens
LEXINGTON, KY. (October 29, 2003)—Governor Paul E. Patton, Kentucky Transportation officials, local officials and citizens celebrated the completion of the first section of the KY 52 Corridor reconstruction yesterday in Lancaster
The overall KY 52 Corridor, between Lancaster and I-75 in Madison County, is to be constructed is four sections. Construction of this first section began in May of 2001 with the purpose to provide a safer and more efficient connection for the citizens of Garrard County. The completed first section begins just east of Lancaster and extends to the Eastern Fork of Backs Creek, a distance of 5.6 miles. Frank Duncan, Chief District Engineer for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District Seven office said, "This improved facility is a significant enhancement to the eastern entry-way into Lancaster, provides a safe and efficient travelway which is environmentally compatible and aesthetically pleasing."
Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Secretary James C. Codell, III, thanked the contractor, designers, KYTC construction crews, and local stakeholders for their efforts in making this project a success. "We have a responsibility to communicate, to engage the local citizenry across the Commonwealth, and you all listened to us, communicated with us, told us what you wanted, and I feel you have a great highway as a result of this communication."
Governor Paul E. Patton echoed Secretary Codell’s thanks to the many groups and individuals involved with this project. Governor Patton said, "This highway represents a major milestone on this community’s path towards providing a better opportunity for its citizens and I am pleased to be celebrating this opportunity with you."
The total cost of construction for the first section of the KY 52 reconstruction was $7.2 million and was performed by Haydon Brothers Contracting of Springfield, Kentucky. The second section of the KY 52 Corridor project is currently under construction and is expected to be completed in the spring of 2004. The third and fourth sections are currently in the design phase with construction for the third phase estimated to begin in fiscal year 2006. Construction for the fourth phase is unscheduled at this time.