By Portia Williams
GREENUP, Ky. — Kentucky Transportation Cabinet began the first for northeast Kentucky’s spring road construction season with a $3.3 million dollar project. According to Allen Blair, KYTC District 9 public information officer, contractors installed work zone signs today. The project will include resurfacing, widening and adding turning lanes to parts of the AA Highway in Greenup County.
Blair said the AA Highway from KY 7 near Beech past the US 23 intersection to the Greenup Locks and Dam crossing will equates to four miles of blacktop. Additionally, he said a mile of the roadway from US 23 to the dam will be widened to add new left-turn lanes onto KY 3116 and an extended right-turn lane onto US 23 north.
According to Blair, on Monday, March 31, contractors plan to start the road-widening and turn lanes which will impact traffic between US 23 and the dam.
Two-way traffic will be maintained during construction, with travel to to be shifted off existing lanes. Motorists can expect lane closures and backups for the next two weeks. Motorists are also advised to watch for frequent traffic changes in the area, and heed all flaggers and warning signs, and speed limits which will be 45 mile per hour throughout the work zone.
Blair said in Kentucky, work zones are double-fine zones while workers are present. The work is being done under a $3,321,000 low-bid contract awarded to Mountain Enterprises Inc. Mid-to-late August is the expected time of completion for the project.
District 9 crews will also begin work on KY 2070 on April 1 in Greenup.
“Basically, contractors are going to be installing T-rail. It will involve putting T-rail into the ground, and then filling that with stone to help stabilize the embankment. The equipment has to be in the roadway to get that done, especially on a two-lane road with very little shoulder,” he said.
He said they are not totally closing the road, but are asking motorists who travel through the area to find another way around, but we will be able to let local traffic go in and out, such as buses and emergency vehicles,” he said.
The work involves installing T-rail and placing rock alongside KY 2070 from the 6 to 8 mile markers – between Stumps Run Road and Boggs Lane.
According to Blair, road work is subject to change depending on weather conditions. Motorists are asked to heed all warning signs, slow down in work zones and remain aware of workers and construction equipment when traveling.
Portia Williams can be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 286, or on Twitter @PortiaWillPDT.