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Nearly $25 million project scheduled for completion in 2016

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Steve Beshear today announced that the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has awarded a contract for the next step in a project to carve a new U.S. 460 corridor through Pike County.

The $24.9 million project involves constructing to grade the next section of the new corridor from KY 195 to east of Pond Creek Road (Section 6A). It is one of the largest remaining pieces of a new U.S. 460 corridor that will cover nearly 17 miles from U.S. 23 south of Pikeville to the Virginia state line and a connector to the Coalfields Expressway. Construction of the new U.S. 460 corridor in Kentucky began in 2001.

“U.S. 460 was built through eastern Kentucky in the 1930s and ’40s, and we cannot understate its importance in helping to open up the mountains,” Gov. Beshear said. “But it’s no longer adequate, and it’s an obstacle to economic development in the region.

“The new U.S. 460 will be vastly different. When the road is complete, people living in or traveling through the region will have a safer, more modern, four-lane highway that their parents and grandparents scarcely would have dreamed possible,” Gov. Beshear said.

Of all the roads and corridors designated in the 1960s as the Appalachian Development Highway System, U.S. 460 in Pike County and U.S. 119 in Letcher County are the only routes left to be constructed or reconstructed in Kentucky.

“As Governor, I take great pride in what our administration is doing to continue the fine work started by forward-thinking individuals more than 50 years ago,” Gov. Beshear said.

Bizzack Construction LLC won the contract with a low bid of $24,962,170. The contract calls for the project to be completed by Nov. 30, 2016.

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