Department of Highways, District 7
Secretary Nighbert Joins State and Local Officials in Breaking Ground on the Widening of US 460/KY 11 in Montgomery County

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, November 30, 2005  
Contact Information:  David B. Thacker
Information Officer
Kentucky Transportation Cabinet
District Seven



Secretary Nighbert Joins State and Local Officials in Breaking Ground on the Widening of US 460/KY 11 in Montgomery County


Project is part of the Cabinet’s ongoing effort to improve connectivity between Montgomery and Bath County


LEXINGTON, KY (November 30, 2005) – Secretary Bill Nighbert joined Kentucky Transportation Officials as well as state and local representatives in breaking ground on the recently awarded project to widen and improve US 460/KY 11 from KY 686 (Mt. Sterling Bypass) to north of the I-64 (Exit 110) Interchange.


“This project exemplifies the improvements that the Governor and I want to make in our transportation network,” said Secretary Nighbert.  “This improved section of US 460/KY 11 will provide the citizens of Montgomery 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 Montgomery and Bath County.”


The project will consist of widening US 460/KY 11 from a two-lane facility to a four-lane facility with left turn storage lanes between the Mt. Sterling Bypass and the I-64, Exit 110 Interchange.  In addition, current traffic signals at the Bypass and at Falcon Road will be upgraded as well as the installation of a new signal on the north side of the I-64 Interchange.  With the completion of this project, the 18,000 vehicles per day traveling this route can expect decreased congestion entering and leaving Mt. Sterling as well as a marked improvement in sight distance and safety involving the I-64 Interchange.


“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 Mt. Sterling and Montgomery County.”


Mayor Gary Williamson told those in attendance at today’s event, "Mt. Sterling is a strong and vibrant community that must have a highway system that can accommodate the growth the city has already experienced.  These projects are true community projects that will make it easier to move goods and services, and safer for citizens.  The City of Mt. Sterling greatly appreciates the support of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and our elected officials in making this project a reality."


“The citizens of Mt. Sterling and Montgomery County thank you for supporting this project.  These improvements will provide for a much safer and more attractive gateway to the City of Mt. Sterling and will provide for a improved quality of life for all of Montgomery County,” added Montgomery County Judge/Executive B.D.Wilson.


Also at the ceremony, State Representative Adrian K. Arnold (D-Mt. Sterling) said, “I am extremely proud to represent the people of this community and to have been able to secure the necessary funding to make this project a reality.  The community has long awaited this highway improvement project and I am honored to have played a role in bringing it to fruition.”


State Senator R.J. Palmer (D-Winchester) 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 has been awarded to Judy Construction Company of Cynthiana at a cost of $8,073,718 million dollars.  Construction is scheduled to begin this winter with work on the I-64 overpass and is scheduled to be complete by July 2007.