Department of Highways, District 10
Work begins on $4 million safety improvement project on Hal Rogers Parkway in Perry County

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, March 08, 2011  
Contact Information:  H. B. Elkins
Public Information Officer
Department of Highways, District 10
473 Highway 15 South, P.O. Box 621
Jackson, KY 41339

JACKSON, KY – Work has begun on a $4 million safety improvement project at Exit 56 on the Hal Rogers Parkway in Perry County.


Beginning today, traffic pattern changes and lane shifts will be in effect on the parkway on the west side of the interchange. Travel lanes will be shifted in order to allow construction of a retaining wall. In addition, the merging pattern will change for traffic entering the parkway westbound from KY 451. Currently, a westbound truck climbing lane is added where the entrance ramp joins the highway. During this portion of the construction, that lane is eliminated and traffic entering the parkway westbound from KY 451 will be required to merge into the single westbound lane and yield to parkway traffic.


Other traffic pattern changes will become necessary as work continues, and drivers may encounter some delays in the area.


Drivers should use caution in this area as construction progresses. The work is expected to be completed by the end of the year. When the project is finished, the road will be straightened to improve sight distance and a center barrier will be installed to prevent head-on collisions.


Motorists are asked to reduce speed and “Drive Smart” in this and all other work zones and be aware of workers, traffic control devices and construction equipment when traveling in this and other areas where projects are ongoing. Construction activities are scheduled on a tentative basis and are subject to change depending on weather conditions.