By Adam Sulfridge/Staff Writer
After rumors of complete cancellation which left most everybody confused, transportation officials confirmed the cancellation of half of the Ky. 92 relocation project, but residents of Whitley and McCreary counties can, at least, be halfway happy to know that a vital portion of the project is expected to be finished by November.
According to John Dobson, Public Information Officer for Kentucky’s Department of Highways’ District 11 office, the section from mile-point 4 to mile-point 11 of the new Ky. 92 is expected to be “paved and ready for use by the end of November.”
To date, the project has cost around $22 million, and because of its ballooning price tag, Governor Steve Beshear cancelled the project. An additional $7 million in funding from the federal government recently brought the project back to life. The saving funds are provided by President Barack Obama’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (also known as the stimulus package) and will be used to pave the first seven miles of the new Ky. 92, mark the lanes, and add guardrails.
Kay & Kay Contracting was the low bidder and some of the work is being sublet to Elmo Greer & Sons. The same partnership exists between the two companies concerning a contract to rehabilitate I-75 between mile-point 11 and mile-point 20 on the north and southbound sides.
When completed, the seven-mile stretch will allow drivers to avoid ‘crossing the mountain,’ as it’s commonly called by many locals. In 2007, former Governor Ernie Fletcher joked about becoming sick to his stomach while traveling that section of roadway because of its many sharp turns. The Ky. 92 relocation project began under the Fletcher administration.
Dobson explained which two portions of the project will be cancelled. The first section to be cancelled, he stated, is a four-mile stretch of roadway beginning at the 11 mile-point and extending to the western Whitley County line. The second cancelled section extends another four miles from the county line into McCreary County.
By Adam Sulfridge/Staff Writer
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