Department of Highways, District 7
Secretary Nighbert Joins State and Local Officials in Celebrating the Opening of the Improved KY 52, Richmond-Irvine Road

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, October 25, 2005  
Contact Information:  David B. Thacker
Information Officer
Kentucky Transportation Cabinet
District Seven



Secretary Nighbert Joins State and Local Officials in Celebrating the Opening of the Improved KY 52, Richmond-Irvine Road


New route will provide improved access to motorists traveling between Richmond and Irvine


LEXINGTON, KY (October 25, 2005) – Secretary Bill Nighbert joined Kentucky Transportation Officials as well as state and local representatives in celebrating the completion of the widening of KY 52, Richmond-Irvine Road.


“This project exemplifies the improvements that the Governor and I want to make in our transportation network,” said Secretary Nighbert.  “This improved section of KY 52 will provide the citizens of Madison County and the Commonwealth with an improved quality of life and increased economic development opportunities.  In addition, it will provide for safer and improved access for motorist traveling between Richmond and Irvine.”


The project consisted of widening KY 52 from a two-lane facility to a four-lane facility between the Richmond Bypass and Charlie Norris Road.  Ten (10)-foot paved shoulders, or breakdown lanes, as well as a bi-directional left turn storage lane, were added to improve safety for motorists.  With the completion of this project, the 20,300 vehicles per day traveling this route can expect decreased congestion as well as a marked improvement in sight distance.


“This new route clearly supports Governor Fletcher’s vision for the cabinet, which is to provide a safe and reliable transportation system that supports Kentucky’s future economic growth,” said Marc Williams, Commissioner of Highways.  “This highway will provide enormous benefits to the citizens of Richmond and Madison County.”


“This roadway plays a vital role in connecting the residents of Irvine and Eastern Kentucky with Madison County and I-75,” said Representative Lonnie Napier.  “I am extremely proud to have been able to be a part of this project and to have been able to secure the necessary funding to make it a reality.”


Also at the ceremony Representative Harry Moberly said, “The community has long awaited this improved highway connecting Richmond and Irvine, and I am honored to have played a role in bringing this project to fruition.”


State Senator Ed Worley added, “Through my position on the Senate Transportation Committee and in conjunction with local officials we were able to push this project through the six-year highway plan.”


The project was constructed by the Allen Company of Winchester at a cost of $10 million dollars.  Construction began in November of 2003 and had a scheduled completion date of December 1, 2005.