Department of Highways, District 7
Safety Improvements to be made at Versailles Road and Westmoreland Estates

Press Release Date:  Thursday, October 26, 2006  
Contact Information:  David B. Thacker
Public Information Officer
Kentucky Transportation Cabinet
District Seven



Safety Improvements to be made at Versailles Road and Westmoreland Estates

Work scheduled to begin next week


LEXINGTON, KY (October 23, 2006)—Motorists will soon experience a safer commute on Versailles Road in Fayette County as crews work to improve the congested intersection of Versailles Road and Westmoreland Drive/Old Versailles Road.


The intersection improvement project provides for the lengthening and widening of the acceleration lane from Westmoreland Drive onto Versailles Road and will also include the removal of the Versailles Road left turn lane onto Old Versailles Road at this location.  In addition, upon completion of the project, permanent radar speed monitors will be installed to alert motorists of their travel speed.


“The safety of motorists is of utmost concern to this administration and this project will serve to reduce the potential for accidents and aid in congestion reduction at this busy intersection,” said Commissioner of Highway Marc Williams.  “These spot improvement projects are essential to improving our highway infrastructure and quite often provide a greater benefit to motorists than larger reconstruction projects.”


During the project motorists can expect delays due to lane closures on Versailles Road, however closures will not be allow between the hours of 6:00 AM – 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM.  Lane closures will be allowed throughout the weekend with the exception of two (2) hours before and after any UK home football game.


The $214,326 project has been awarded to Central Rock Mineral Company of Lexington and is schedule to begin on Monday, October 30, 2006.  The project is anticipated to be complete by late November.


“This project will greatly aid in reducing the congestion and potential for accidents at this location,” said Robert Sturgeon, Executive Director for the District Seven Office.  “Projects such as this are excellent examples of how this administration is working to provide motorists with a safe and reliable transportation system.”


The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet asks that motorists use extreme caution when traveling through the work zone.  All work is scheduled on a tentative basis and is subject to change depending on weather conditions, emergencies and other factors beyond the control of the Department of Highways.