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February 18, 2014

Hinkle has low bid for Ky. 914 project

Somerset — Hinkle Contracting Corporation, Somerset, teamed with American Engineering, Glasgow, and submitted an apparently low design-build proposal with a price of $15,533,782.88 to widen to four lanes the eastern half of the southeastern bypass (Ky. 914). The proposal, opened Friday in Frankfort, is one of three submitted, according to Bruce Neely, chief district engineer for the Kentucky Department of Highways’ District 8.

Neely said a Transportation Cabinet Awards Committee will meet, probably March 3, and decide if a construction contract will be let to Hinkle. Widening the section of road to four lanes will take less than two construction seasons. Hinkle’s projected completion date in the proposal is June 26, 2015.

Four-laning the approximately 3 1/2 miles of Ky. 914 from near the Rush Branch Road intersection to Ky. 80 east of Somerset should be expedited by right-of-way purchased when the highway was built during the 1990s. The entire southeastern section of Ky. 914 is seven miles long, extending from U.S. 27 across from Beacon Hill Baptist Church southeasterly to Ky. 80. The western half of this section was built to accommodate four lanes of traffic and the eastern half is only two lanes wide.

“We anticipate very little or no additional right of way will be needed, and utility relocation should be minimal,” said Neely. The existing two lanes of the highway will remain and two new lanes will be built on the east or north side (the side away from Somerset), Neely explained.

Included in the widening contract is construction of dual left-turn lanes for westbound vehicles on Ky. 80 turning onto Ky. 914. Adding another left-turn lane is to accommodate normally heavy Friday afternoon traffic headed to Lake Cumberland, Neely said.

For the Ky. 914 widening project, technical design proposals were accepted from design-build teams made up of contractors and engineers. Price proposals from contractors were accepted separately. A contract award is based on weighed technical design and price proposals.

Neely said this is the second time in District 8 and the first time in Pulaski County that the design-build method has been used in a road construction project. “It (design-build) fast tracks the normal process by allowing the project to be designed as it is built,” he said.

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