Department of Highways, District 8

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, October 26, 2005  
Contact Information:  Stephanie Daffron
Public Information Officer
(606) 677-4017

SOMERSET, KY (October 26, 2005)--The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s District 8 office announces that due to construction equipment and personnel working in the area of mainline US 27 in the Norwood – KY 1247 area from milepoint 20.40 to 21.85 that the legal posted speed is now reduced from 55 mph to 45 mph and double fines will be strictly enforced.


Now, more than ever, road construction is on the rise in Kentucky.  The traveling public needs to be cautious and reduce speed in all roadway work zones.  Workzone safety is a growing roadway safety concern in the United States and Kentucky.  In 2004, there were 4 fatalities, 175 injuries, and 560 total traffic crashes in Kentucky work zones.


Acting Transportation Secretary, Bill Nighbert said, “It is the Transportations Cabinet’s number one priority to ensure that our highway crews work in a safe environment while providing safe and reliable roads to the people of Kentucky.



 The double fine area will be for a one year period beginning October 24, 2005 through October, 2006. Throughout the year the contractor will further reduce the recommended speed with construction speed advisories through the work area and diversion.   There will be two different contractors working in this area at different times through this period.  The grade contractor, Bizack, inc. of Lexington, Kentucky will be working two, ten hour shifts, Monday through Saturday.  The bridge contractor, Bush and Burchell of Allen, Kentucky, will work from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.


 The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s District 8 office asks that motorists use extreme caution in this area.   District 8 Drive Smart Coordinator, Stephanie Daffron said, “We all need to expect the unexpected , slow down, pay attention to signage,  and obey road crew flaggers.”


All work will be dependant on weather and working conditions of material involved.


The $32,540,483 million contract for the US 27-Norther By-Pass (I-66) was awarded to Bizzack, Inc. in November of 2004 and the projected completion date of this project is fall of 2007.