FRANKFORT, Ky. - Governor Ernie Fletcher today announced a much-needed and long-awaited renovation of KY 92 that will give the people of McCreary County direct access to Interstate 75.
The $58 million project was among a host of highway and community infrastructure projects announced by the Governor during a visit to Whitley City.
"The renovation of KY 92 is a project that has been needed and discussed in McCreary County and Whitley County for decades," said Governor Fletcher. "This funding represents our commitment to completing this project, providing safe and reliable access to I-75 and an efficient and lasting connection between these communities and the state's parkway and interstate system."
The $58 million investment for the KY 92 design/build project will result in a direct connection between I-75 in Whitley County and U.S. 27 in McCreary County. The renovation will combine an 8-mile section of road from U.S. 27 in McCreary County to Cornbread Branch in Whitley County.
The combined project would include a right-of-way, utility relocation and construction for the 8-mile stretch of highway. A contractor is expected to be chosen by the fall, and the cabinet anticipates the project's completion by fall 2011.
The innovative design/build approach allows different phases of the project, such as design and construction, to proceed simultaneously, resulting in quicker project completion. Design/build is a method of highway project delivery that brings project designers and construction contractors together to expedite the implementation of a highway improvement. More than 30 states have used this innovative methodology to advance their projects.
"Providing a link to I-75 and a modern transit system through our community is vital to the residents of McCreary and Whitley counties," said Senate President David Williams (R-Burkesville). "The KY 92 design/build approach will expedite the completion of this important project."
"I am truly elated with this project announcement because it will mean easier access to I-75 for the citizens of McCreary County," said Rep. Charles Siler (R-Williamsburg). "McCreary County is an area that needs an economic boost, and I want to thank Governor Fletcher for providing a badly needed economic shot in the arm."
"This much-needed investment will pave a safer route through McCreary and Whitley counties for our citizens to travel," said Rep. Ken Upchurch (R-Monticello). "I commend Governor Fletcher for stepping up to meet the needs of our community."
"These investments are extremely important to the residents of Whitley City and McCreary County," said Transportation Cabinet Secretary Bill Nighbert. "The KY 92 design/build project will hopefully alleviate the growing congestion on this major highway. I applaud Governor Fletcher's leadership on this important project."
Governor announces $3 million in funding for other community projects
Governor Fletcher also presented local officials with ceremonial checks totaling $3 million for additional community development projects in McCreary County:
* $1.1 million for costs associated with construction of the McCreary County Multi-Generational Center. The center, to be located on community park grounds, will be used for community and recreational purposes.
* $700,000 for transmission main improvements on KY 1651.
* $500,000 for water line extensions and upgrades throughout McCreary County, including New Liberty, Garland Road, Poff Road and Creek More Privett Road. Included is a new water tower in the Holly Hill area.
* $500,000 for Big Creek Sewer Project (Phase 3) that includes Holloway Cemetery Road. The project will extend sanitary sewer service to new customers located in the Marshes Siding area of McCreary County.
* $200,000 for costs associated with the juvenile drug court program.
The Governor's Office for Local Development and the Kentucky Infrastructure Authority are the agencies responsible for administering the funding for these projects.