Department of Highways, District 10
Traffic pattern changes, detours planned for Hal Rogers Parkway Exit 56 reconstruction in Perry County

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, May 10, 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 – As part of the $4 million project to make safety improvements on the Hal Rogers Parkway at Exit 56, a major traffic pattern change and a road closure will be put into effect this week.


Traffic in both directions on the Hal Rogers Parkway will be diverted onto the exit and entrance ramps at the KY 451 exit as work begins to relocate the overpass at the interchange. The speed limit in this area has been lowered to 35 mph, and fines for speeding or other traffic violations will be doubled when workers are present.


In addition, KY 451 will be closed at the interchange underpass. Detours have been posted.

Traffic heading north on KY 451 out of Hazard will be detoured onto KY 15 and the Hal Rogers Parkway at Exit 56. Drivers who cross Town Mountain and reach the interchange will be required to turn right onto the eastbound Hal Rogers Parkway.


Southbound traffic on KY 451 from the Busy and Yerkes area will be required to use KY 80 east to KY 15. However, access to the westbound Hal Rogers Parkway will still be available.


If necessary, updates on the status of the traffic pattern change and detour will be posted on District 10’s Twitter feet at and on the district’s Facebook page at


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.