By Greg Bird
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet officially announced this week that work on completing Kentucky 92 will begin shortly, bringing the final phase of the long-standing project closer to completion.
According to the Cabinet, Hinkle Contracting had won the bid and will begin installing signage and mobilizing equipment this week in anticipation of starting construction within the next couple of weeks.
The $39.2 million project is slated to be completed by March 2021, but inclement weather or unforeseen delays could impact the final date.
The plan calls for the improvement of KY-92 west of KY-592 to the McCreary/Whitley county line. Also included is construction on the Whitley County side, from the county line to Old Jellico Creek Road, which should complete the improved corridor between the two counties and provide easier access to I-75 for local residents and industry.
After being developed for years, the ambitious project officially began in 2005, with the first phase completed in 2009 in Whitley County. A portion of the new road in McCreary County from the intersection of U.S. 27 eastward was opened in 2012.