Hinkle Environmental Services Completes US68 Highway Safety Improvement Project

Richmond, Kentucky
Contact: Mollie McClure at 859.537.0295

“Hinkle Environmental Services Completes US68 Highway Safety Improvement Project”

Hinkle Environmental Services (HES) is pleased to announce the August, 2016 completion of the US68 Highway Safety Improvement Project.   The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 7 (Central Kentucky District including Fayette, Mercer, Jessamine and Woodford Counties) awarded HES the $3.5 Million project in late 2014; work on the project began in March, 2015.

The project included numerous safety improvements to US68 from the Jessamine/Mercer County line to Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, located in Mercer County, including, but not limited to:

  • Excavation of rock ledges
  • Road slide repairs
  • Concrete ditch installation
  • Guard rail redo
  • Paving

“The project included several different aspects and required HES to successfully coordinate the work of multiple sub-contractors, including MAGO Construction, NH Stone, and Stewart Contracting,” HES President Will Hinkle said.

“As part of the project, we reshaped all of the ditches and shoulders along approximately a 5-mile section of US68 and constructed a retaining wall to correct and hold up an area of the road where a sharp cliff had begun to collapse,” Hinkle said.   “We also repaired and reconstructed sections of historic rock fences along parts of the road.”

Although a certain portion of the work required a shutdown of the two-lane US68 road, HES’s management of the project contained the shutdown to two weeks.  “We were able to accomplish quite a bit during the shutdown, and we also managed to contain a portion of the shutdown to a one-lane closure,” Hinkle said.  “The shutdown was a temporary inconvenience that was ultimately worth it.  The road is still a curvy, two-lane road and requires cautious driving, but because of the improvements we made, it is much safer.”

For more information, call 859-624-8010 or visit www.hinkleenvironmental.com.

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