FLEMINGSBURG, KY – Motorists should be prepared for lane changes coming soon to 12th Street (US 60) in downtown Ashland near the Lexington Avenue and Midtown Shopping Center intersections.
As part of Kentucky Transportation Cabinet safety improvement project, the four-lane highway’s lanes will be reconfigured between Bath Avenue and where 12th Street rejoins 13th Street to improve traffic flow.
Paint striping work is expected to start the week of July 9 or shortly thereafter. Once complete, driving lanes on 12th Street (US 60) outbound will be as follows:
– Two center lanes will be marked as thru lanes for all out-of-town traffic.
– The far right lane will change to a right-turn only lane past Montgomery Avenue, leading to the Midtown Shopping Center.
– The far left lane will change to a left-turn only lane for turns at Lexington or for the turn around Speedway to access 13th Street.
Motorists should note new lane markings, and should travel with caution until traffic adjusts to the new configuration.
The work is part of a $393,452 state project using federal Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) dollars. For the project, state highway engineers surveyed locations with the highest number of crashes in Kentucky Department of Highways District 9’s 10-county northeast Kentucky region, then designed changes that could create safer traffic flow and reduce future crashes.
Changes include new lane markings, route shields painted on lanes, more visible traffic islands, larger intersection signage; updated traffic signals with dual reds, all-arrow lights and reflective borders; and lane-separator curbs at various intersections in Greenup, Boyd and Rowan counties – US 23 at KY 693, US 23 at downtown Ashland bridges, US 60 in Ashland and KY 32 in Morehead.
The Transportation Cabinet awarded a low-bid contract to Bluegrass Contracting LLC of Lexington for work at four Boyd and Greenup county locations and two additional locations in Rowan County. Project completion date is Oct. 31.
Road work schedules are 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.
Contact: Allen Blair