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

Press Release Date:  Friday, June 10, 2005  
Contact Information:  Stephanie Daffron
Public Information Officer
Kentucky Transportation Cabinet
(606) 677-4017

SOMERSET, KY – (June 10, 2005) -- Governor Ernie Fletcher and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet have authorized the release of funds for a highway improvement project in Russell County.

Funding in the amount of $635,000 has been released for utility relocation for a project to reconstruct KY 3280 (French Valley Road) in Russell Springs. This project will straighten KY 3280 from KY 379 to US 127, a distance of 2.02 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 improving the safety of this road for drivers in Russell County.”

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.”