Groundbreaking for realignment of KY 92 in two counties

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Groundbreaking for realignment of a portion of KY 92 in McCreary and Whitley counties 10-23-18

SOMERSET, Ky. (WTVQ) – Local legislators and Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) officials gathered Tuesday for a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the start of construction to realign a portion of Kentucky Route 92 in McCreary and Whitley counties.

Once the project is complete, drivers will experience a much improved corridor between the two counties and better access to I-75.

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“The realignment of KY 92 received overwhelming support at the local level as a key project identified through the SHIFT prioritization process the Cabinet instituted last year,” said KYTC Secretary Greg Thomas. “We are pleased to see this project continue to move forward and for the nearly eight miles of improvements to safely move people and goods through the region.

The two-lane route which connects the towns of Whitley City and Williamsburg will see a safer, more efficient roadway necessary to accommodate the level of commercial and vehicle traffic projected in the future.

“I am excited to finally see this project begin the last stage of completion. It has been a long time coming,” said Rep. Ken Upchurch. “The economic impact to McCreary County cannot be quantified but we know it opens up all kinds of possibilities for tourism and economic development. I look forward to seeing what the future holds as this gateway is completed.”

Senator Max Wise echoed a similar sentiment of celebration and accomplishment for the upcoming project.

“I am very excited for McCreary County and the entire region,” said Sen. Wise. “I believe the improvements to KY 92 will help tremendously with economic development, job growth and tourism to the region. I was happy to work with my house colleagues in making sure this project stayed in the road plan.”

While adding turn lanes at some intersections, wider shoulders and additional truck climbing lanes will improve mobility and connectivity, eliminating low over-passes will improve safety for commercial trucks.

“It’s been a long time coming, but the groundbreaking for the reconstruction of KY 92 is finally here,” said Rep. Regina Huff. “Projects like these are of vital importance in order for the region to grow and develop. In addition, the reconstruction will provide better and safer access to employment, educational services and health care. For those reasons, it has been worth the wait.”

“I’m thrilled to see the start of this much needed road project on KY 92,” Senator Robert Stivers said. “Whitley County and the entire region will no doubt benefit greatly from this infrastructure upgrade.”

Hinkle Contracting Service, LLC was awarded the $39.2 million project and have recently began clearing work with full construction activities to begin soon. The project is expected to be completed in 2021.

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