Governor Steve Beshear today joined with local and state officials to celebrate and ceremonially open a reconstructed section of KY 1649 designed to improve safety and traffic flow in Casey County.
The $3.9 million project eliminated a sharp curve and corrected a steep grade.
"The most important role of state government is to protect the health and safety of Kentucky's citizens," Gov. Beshear said. "That includes making our highways as safe as possible. By eliminating a very sharp curve, we may be able to save lives in this growing area."
The project involved the reconstruction of KY 1649 (Dry Ridge Hill) from Bowman Trail and Noe Road to just west of KY 70. Crews also constructed asphalt drains to correct storm water drainage issues. The improved roadway reduced a 16 percent steep grade to a safer 6 percent slope.
"I'm happy to see this project completed, because it will really make that section of road safer and easier to travel. I want to thank the Governor, my fellow legislators, and the Transportation Cabinet for helping to bring all of this together," said Rep. Terry Mills, of Lebanon. "Now that this long-awaited project is complete, school children, local business operators, and Casey County residents can travel more safely in this area. I will continue to work hard to improve travel for residents of Casey County."
"Road improvement and maintenance is one of the most important issues for a community," said Sen. Chris Girdler, of Somerset. "The changes to KY 1649 will provide a much safer route for all of us, and in the long run will give us greater opportunity for economic development and job creation."
The work was completed in November 2012 by the Allen Company.