2:49pm

Fri June 10, 2011
The Commonwealth

Hard Winter Prompts Road Repairs

FRANKFORT – Gov. Steve Beshear has directed the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet to undertake 19 emergency maintenance projects to repair sections of highway pavement damaged by severe weather last winter. The cabinet will use $13.6 million of contingency funds for the projects, most of which are on interstate highways and Kentucky parkways. The projects are being added to the cabinet’s 2011 highway maintenance schedule.

“The recent severe winter took a toll on many of our major roadways,” Beshear said. “We have stretches of pavement too heavily damaged to wait for the Transportation Cabinet’s next regular maintenance program in 2012.”

Beshear said it was necessary to use contingency funds because the projects are not scheduled in the Kentucky Highway Plan and current-year maintenance funds have already been committed. Damage to the routes in question escalated after the Highway Plan was passed by the legislature. Moreover, the legislature approved a plan only through 2012, not through 2016, as the governor recommended.

Transportation Secretary Mike Hancock said the cabinet will be getting the projects to contract as quickly as possible.

“It is important to get these repairs completed this year. The damage will only get worse if delayed until 2012,” Hancock said.

The projects involve the following routes and counties:

- Interstate 24 – McCracken County.
- I-64 – Jefferson, Fayette and Bath counties.
- I-71 – Carroll County.
- I-75 – Grant, Scott and Rockcastle counties.
- I-265 – Jefferson County.
- Breathitt/Pennyrile Parkway – Hopkins County.
- Ford/Western Kentucky Parkway – Muhlenberg and Hardin counties.
- Nunn/Cumberland Parkway – Barren County.
- Collins/Bluegrass Parkway – Anderson County.
- Combs/Mountain Parkway – Powell County (2 projects).
- Hal Rogers Parkway – Clay County.
- U.S. 23 – Floyd County.
- KY 80 – Pulaski County.