FLOYD COUNTY – The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s contractor began clearing and grubbing work Monday on the next to last section of KY 680, the Minnie to Harold Connector, in Floyd County. Excavation work is expected to begin mid-December, with little to no impacts on traffic.
“This section will not affect traffic except at the head of Little Mud,” Moore said, “and even then the inconvenience to motorists will be very slight.”
The low-bid contractor, Hi-View, started clearing trees, stumps, and brush along the cross country route from Boy Hollow to Little Mud.
The $16,140,884.40 contract allows Hi-View 450 working days for completion. Highway District 12 Section Engineer Matthew Moore explained the working days are calculated from April 1 through November 30 each year and do not include bad weather days or holidays. Even though the contractor can work December 31 through March 31, this is not considered part of construction season and, therefore, not considered working days.
Moore said the contractor expects to have this section finished sometime in the fall of 2017.
Five of the six project sections are either completed or under construction. The final section, from Little Mud to Tackett Branch, should be put out for bid in the next several months. Not including the final section yet to be bid, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has invested $82,971,537.11 in the project. The finished road will connect US 23 at Harold to KY 80 at Minnie.
The first section, from Harold to the mouth of Tackett Branch, with a connector to KY 979, was awarded in December 2003 and completed in May 2008. The contractor on that section was Bizzack. Asphalt paving and guardrail on that section cost $4,402,976.29 and was finished in May 2010 by Mountain Enterprises.
A third section, from the mouth of Tackett Branch to the end of new KY 979, was finished in August 2013 by Bizzack.
The fourth section, which includes the bridge at Minnie as well as some grade and drain work, is still under construction as a joint venture between Hi-View and Haydon Bridge Company. The anticipated completion date for this section is the summer of next year.