Department of Highways, District 8
Governor Fletcher, Transportation Cabinet announce funding for highway project in Rockcastle County

Press Release Date:  Friday, June 10, 2005  
Contact Information:  STEPHANIE DAFFRON
(606) 677-4017

SOMERSET, KY – (June10, 2005) -- Governor Ernie Fletcher and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet have authorized the release of funds for a highway improvement project in Rockcastle County.

Funding in the amount of $7.3 million has been released for utility relocation and right of way acquisition for a project to reconstruct a portion of US 150 between Brodhead and Mt. Vernon. This project will construct a road on new alignment from west of Brodhead to the KY 461 - US 150 intersection at Mt. Vernon, a distance of 6.30 miles.

“This is part of Governor Ernie Fletcher’s vision to provide a safe and reliable transportation system in Kentucky,” said acting Transportation Secretary Bill Nighbert. “The Fletcher administration is committed to improving safety on our vital roads that connect counties and cities. We are pleased to begin working on this improvement for the benefit of drivers in Rockcastle County who use this important and busy route.”

There are four phases of funding road construction projects in Kentucky -- design, utility relocation, right of way acquisition and construction. Each of the first three phases must be completed before actual construction work can begin on an improvement project.

“Utility relocation and right of way acquisition are the final two portions of a project that must be completed before equipment moves in and construction begins,” Nighbert said. “Once the utilities such as power lines and water lines have been moved out of the project area and once we purchase the property we need for the new highway, the actual work that’s visible to the traveling public can begin.”