District One
Governor Fletcher and Transportation Cabinet Announce Start of U.S. 45/Lone Oak Road Work

Press Release Date:  Friday, July 29, 2005  
Contact Information:  Keith Todd
Public Information Officer
(270) 898-2431 Ext. 233

          Work is scheduled to begin next week on almost $1 million in improvements to U.S. 45/Lone Oak Road south of Paducah.  The project is among $167 million in road improvements recently awarded by Governor Fletcher and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. It was among five contracts totaling $9.5 million awarded in McCracken County.

            A contractor for the Kentucky Department of Highways is scheduled to begin curb and sidewalk repairs on Tuesday, August 2, 2005.  That initial portion of the work is not expected to impede traffic. Sometime during the next week milling work will begin to prepare for repaving U.S. 45 between the 5 and 8 mile marker through much of Lone Oak. 

            According to District One Transportation Engineer Branch Manager Mike McGregor, much of the construction work will be done at night to minimize traffic disruptions.

            “This section of Lone Oak Road is one of our busiest arteries.  Our contractor will be doing much of the work at night to avoid peak traffic hours, however, there will still be some inconvenience to drivers,” McGregor said.  “We’re asking the driving public to slow down and exercise patience in the work zone.  This is important for the safety of both workers on site and drivers who travel this important section of U.S. 45 through Lone Oak.”

The project includes two sections. One runs from just south of KY 1241 northward to Martin Circle near Interstate 24.  The second section runs from the Interstate 24 interchange to U.S. 62 (Jackson Street), a distance of about 3.5 miles.  Lone Oak Road carries an average of about 27,000 vehicles each day, making it one of the busier roadways in District One.

While the nighttime work is designed to minimize traffic disruptions, McGregor says it makes patience and safe driving habits especially important. 

            “While there is less traffic at night, working at night creates additional safety concerns.  We’re urging drivers to be especially cautious through this three and a half mile section during the next four or more weeks of construction,” McGregor said.  “There will be times when the work will require lane changes and even during daylight hours motorists will sometimes be driving on milled pavement.  That requires some extra caution on their part.”

Jim Smith Construction LLC of Grand Rivers was awarded a contract for the $941,479 project.  Work is expected to be completed by about September 1st, depending on weather.

Motorists are urged to use caution in work areas, and to be alert for equipment, flaggers, and workers on the roadway in the work zone.  Motorists are asked to pay careful attention to message boards and other warning signs alerting them of the roadwork.