Officials Announce Highway Safety Project for Five Counties in Eastern Kentucky

JACKSON, Ky. - (Aug. 21, 2007) - The awarding of a highway safety improvement contract for nearly 115 miles of roads in five Eastern Kentucky counties is yet another example of the commitment of Governor Ernie Fletcher and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet to provide a safe and reliable transportation system in the Bluegrass State.

Raised pavement reflective markers will be installed or replaced along 114.652 miles of highways in Breathitt, Magoffin, Perry, Powell and Wolfe counties in the Department of Highways District 10.

"Reflective markers are a great benefit to motorists driving on our highways at night, especially when it's raining or foggy or other conditions obscure a driver's vision," Governor Ernie Fletcher said. "As part of our highway safety initiative, these markers will allow drivers to better see the center and edge lines of highways, helping make our roads safer."

Reflective markers will be installed or replaced on the following roads:

* Breathitt County, 23.505 miles of KY 15.
* Magoffin County, 14.626 miles of US 460.
* Magoffin County, 5.026 miles of KY 114.
* Perry County, 8.062 miles of the Hal Rogers Parkway.
* Perry County, 25.179 miles of KY 15.
* Perry County, 7.952 miles of KY 80.
* Powell County, 24.087 miles of the Mountain Parkway.
* Wolfe County, 6.215 miles of KY 15.

Central Seal Company was awarded the low-bid contract to replace or install markers in six Kentucky highway districts, including District 10. The work will be completed by Nov. 1.

"Governor Fletcher has instructed us to make sure our highways are safe and in good repair, and conducive to promoting economic activity," Transportation Cabinet Secretary Bill Nighbert said. "These are our primary concerns as we maintain and improve our highway system. Good roads and bridges are an important part of our infrastructure and are a vital component in the quality of life we hope to provide to all Kentuckians. Our state is fortunate to have a governor who is committed to highway safety and making improvements that have many benefits."

Construction activities are scheduled on a tentative basis and are subject to change depending on weather conditions. Motorists are asked to "Drive Smart" in work zones and be aware of workers, traffic control devices and construction equipment when traveling in areas where projects are ongoing.

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