By Portia Williams
GREENUP, Ky. — Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 9 is preparing for a $495,000 microsurfacing project on tthe AA Highway. The week of May 12, motorists should anticipate lane closures and other traffic changes along eight miles of the AA Highway (KY 10) in the Letitia area of rural Greenup County.
According to Blair, public information officer for Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 9, the district has awarded $495,000 to Temple and Temple Excavating and Paving Inc. The work will include pavement sealing operations and microsurfacing of all lanes of the AA Highway between the Lewis-Greenup county line east to the KY 7 intersection.
“This is a microsurfacing project. Instead of a hot-mix asphalt that we use, which is our typical, standard resurfacing blacktop that peopple are familiar with, will we utilize the microsurfacing. It is a cement-like compound. It is a cost-effective measure to extend the life of the roadway. The area of the AA has some areas that has had some cracking, and some other pothole issues. We are trying to keep it from deteriorating any further,” Blair said.
He said microsurfacing is a high-tech process using a thin layer of quick-set paving material to preserve the roadway surface. The work is similar to asphalt paving, and will require traffic lane closures during dawn-to-dusk operations.
On May 1, work zones signs will be installed by contractors, with construction and traffic impacts beginning the week of May 12.
Blair said the work will take several weeks to complete. During those weeks, motorists should expect daytime lane closures and delays with traffic controlled by flaggers along various two-mile sections of the AA Highway. Message boards will be used to announce traffic changes.
Motorists are also advised to avoid driving on newly placed paving material, which means traffic on side roads may be stopped for lengthy periods of time. Contractors will be available to assist motorists at intersections.
Additionally, a separate road improvement project on the AA Highway from KY 7 past US 23 to the Greenup locks and dam is currently ongoing. Motorists should watch for lane closures there as well, especially near the US 23 intersection.
Blair said they are urging motorists to be cognizant of all warning signs, slow down in work zones, reduce distractions by making them “no phone 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.