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Johnson Central grad earns $50K engineering scholarship

JOHNSON COUNTY (August 16, 2017) – Jacub Colvin, a 2017 graduate of Johnson Central High School, has been selected to receive a full scholarship from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet to pursue a degree in civil engineering at the University of Kentucky.

Established in 1948, the KYTC scholarship has been awarded to more than 1800 exceptional Kentucky students. Currently, the scholarship is worth $51,200.00 for a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering.

Scholarship students are offered the opportunity to work for KYTC during the summer months as well as full-time employment upon graduation. Recipients are chosen based on performance in high school, ACT scores, aptitude in math and science, and interest in engineering as a career.

​Johnson County

Repairs on KY 1690 near Nats Creek start Wednesday

LAWRENCE COUNTY (August 21, 2017) – Shoulder repair work is set to start Wednesday, August 23, on KY 1690 at mile point 1.5 near the junction of Nats Creek Road. Engineer Tim Spencer with Highway District 12's Paintsville Section Office, said the work could take two weeks or longer to complete. Work zone signs and traffic control will be in place for the duration of the project.

Geotechnical Services International is the job contractor, the same company that recently used its soil nail technique to repair a break near the Millard School on US 460 in Pike County. "We are not drilling to install railroad steel like we usually do," Spencer explained. "This process uses rebar underneath the pavement, parallel with the road bed, and fills the drilled areas with concrete. Then a mesh blanket covers the outside of the embankment and that, too, is sprayed with concrete. Drainage pipes are built into the project, which increases the life of the repairs significantly."

People are asked to slow down when approaching the work zone. There will be periodic traffic delays. "We apologize for the temporary inconvenience," Spencer said. "And we want to thank everyone in advance for their understanding. Our goals are to make the roads as safe as possible while maintaining a safe work zone environment for the traveling public as well as the contractors and D12 employees who are on site. We appreciate everyone's help and patience."

​Lawrence County

Road work near Kellogg's in Pike County starts next week

PIKE COUNTY (August 16, 2017) – Embankment repair work is set to start Monday, August 21, on KY 194 – Upper Johns Creek – between mile points 19.5 and 20.5 near Kellogg's factory. Weather depending, the work should take about three weeks.

Traffic will be reduced to one lane. People are asked to slow down when approaching the work zone. A temporary traffic signal will control traffic at the work zone site. "The signal can be annoying," said Sara George, D12's Information Officer. "We used one just a few weeks ago on a job at Millard and I sat at the light a couple of times when there was no traffic coming in the other direction. That will happen, so be prepared for it. Just make up your mind to relax and be patient. It is extremely dangerous to run the light or ignore the signs in a work zone. The main thing we care about is that everyone is safe and we have no incidents that cause harm or property damage."

Geotechnical Services International is the contractor on the job, the same company that recently used its soil nail technique to repair the break near the Millard School. "We are not drilling to install railroad steel like we usually do," George explained. "This process uses rebar underneath the pavement, parallel with the road bed, and fills the drilled areas with concrete. Then a mesh blanket covers the outside of the embankment and that, too, is sprayed with concrete. Drainage pipes are built into the project, which increases the life of the repairs significantly."

Joe Stanley, D12 Engineering Technologist Supervisor, said the work should take about three weeks. The work zone signs and traffic control will be in operation for the duration of the project.

​Pike County

  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
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