Department of Highways, District 10
Drivers Alerted to Traffic Pattern Change on KY 15 in Breathitt County
JACKSON, Ky. – (Oct. 15, 2007) – Drivers who use KY 15 between Vancleve and Jackson in Breathitt County should be aware of a traffic pattern change due to the KY 15 relocation project.
On Tuesday, Oct. 16, traffic will be routed onto two lanes of the new four-lane KY 15 alignment. Traveling north from Jackson, two-way traffic will be established in what will eventually be the southbound lanes of the four-lane route. Traffic will use the southbound bridge crossing KY 1812 and Frozen Creek, then will be diverted into the northbound lanes, where it will continue across the bridge crossing KY 205 and then merge onto existing KY 15 at the northern end of the construction zone.
Traveling south from Campton, two-way traffic will be established in what will eventually be the northbound lanes of the four-lane route. Traffic will use the northbound bridge crossing KY 205, then will be diverted into the southbound lanes, where it will continue across the bridge crossing KY 1812 and Frozen Creek and then merge onto existing KY 15 at the southern end of the construction zone.
Access to KY 205 and old KY 15 at Vancleve, for traffic heading north to Lee City and West Liberty or south toward Mt. Carmel, will be via a connector ramp turning right for northbound KY 15 traffic or turning left for southbound KY 15 traffic.
This traffic pattern change will also affect motorists on KY 1812. The temporary bridge that has carried KY 1812 traffic for the past 18 months will be closed, and KY 1812 traffic will use the realigned KY 15 route before splitting away north of the new Frozen Creek bridge.
The speed limit through the construction zone is 45 mph and the entire length of the route will be marked as a no-passing zone due to ongoing construction. Drivers are urged to slow down and obey the advisory speed signs posted in the construction zone.
Construction activities are scheduled on a tentative basis and are subject to change depending on weather conditions. Motorists are asked to “Drive Smart” in work zones and be aware of flaggers, workers, traffic control devices and construction equipment when traveling in areas where projects are ongoing. The project is expected to be completed next summer.