District 9

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, April 18, 2006  
Contact Information:  Mark A. Brown
Public Information Officer

FRANKFORT, Ky.  – Governor Ernie Fletcher and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet have awarded a $10.3 million contract to build a 1.17-mile access road that connects Black Oak Industrial Park to the AA Highway, east of Vanceburg.   


“The road to increased economic activity in eastern Kentucky depends heavily upon our investments in a better highway system,” said Governor Ernie Fletcher. “Every dollar we invest in an improved highway network continues to deliver increased returns.”


Transportation officials and state and local dignitaries broke ground today on Black Oak Access Road in Lewis County.  Transportation Cabinet Secretary Bill Nighbert said this is a great opportunity for the people of Lewis County and the commonwealth.


“This project is another example of how the Transportation Cabinet is committed to fulfilling the governor’s vision of providing a safe and reliable highway network that supports healthy economic growth,” Secretary Nighbert said.


Sen. Charlie Borders, (R-Russell), applauded the project, saying it will help attract new business to the area.


“Jobs are extremely important to Lewis County,” said Borders.  “There is no doubt that direct access to the AA Highway will enhance the potential for industrial development, and help bring new employment opportunities to the area.”  


Rep. Robin Webb, (D-Grayson), agreed that the project will help boost the local economy.


“I am proud to be a part of this wonderful project,” Webb said.  “Having a network of accessible highways is vital to the communities we serve.  This access road will remove a barrier that has halted economic progress in Lewis County.”  


“It will provide direct access from Black Oak Industrial Park to the commonwealth’s modern network of highways,” said Commissioner Marc Williams, of the Kentucky Department of Highways.  “This road will not only serve as a benefit to existing industry, it will help attract additional jobs to Lewis County.” 


The project will help alleviate congestion through downtown Vanceburg and less traffic on KY 8. The road will provide greater access to everyone in the county.   “Heavy commercial traffic and school buses, as well as other motorists will be able to use this new facility to access the AA Highway on the east side of town,” Williams added.  “This is a win-win situation for all of us.”


The low-bid $10,291,024.98 contract was awarded to Elmo Greer and Sons, LLC of London, Kentucky.