Department of Highways, District 10
Work on KY 15 bridge in Perry County will have significant impact on traffic

Press Release Date:  Thursday, June 23, 2005  
Contact Information:  H.B. ELKINS
(606) 666-8841

JACKSON, KY – (June 22, 2005) -- A road improvement project scheduled to begin Tuesday, July 5 will likely mean significant traffic impacts for drivers using three busy Perry County routes.

The $305,343.66 project involves restoration and waterproofing of the deck of the bridge carrying KY 15 over the North Fork of the Kentucky River, KY 80 and KY 550 at milepoint 13.565.

Lane closures will be in effect on four-lane KY 15, and intermittent closures of ramps between KY 15, KY 80 and KY 550 at the Combs interchange may also be necessary. Traffic on KY 80 and KY 550 beneath the bridge may also be affected at times during the project, which is scheduled to be finished within 40 working days of its beginning.

Electronic message signs will be placed to give motorists advance notice of construction activities, including lane closures.

"This is part of the vision of Governor Ernie Fletcher and Acting Transportation Secretary Bill Nighbert to provide a safe and reliable transportation system for all Kentuckians," said Linda Wagner-Justice, chief district engineer for District 10 of the Department of Highways. "This improvement will help ensure better, safer traveling for all drivers who use this busy road."

The affected area of KY 15 carries approximately 30,000 vehicles per day, making it the busiest roadway in Perry County.

"We apologize for any delays motorists may encounter," Wagner-Justice said, "but the work is necessary in order to maintain a smooth and safe bridge for the thousands of vehicles that use it daily.

Motorists are urged to watch out for flaggers, workers and equipment during the work period. They are also reminded to slow down in construction zones, to obey any posted speed limit reductions, and to pay attention to any traffic control devices such as cones, barrels or barriers they may encounter in the work area. There may be delays in the work area, so drivers should plan their trips accordingly.