JACKSON, KY – (May 4, 2005) -- Orange "Road Work Ahead" signs are in place, and construction is underway on a project to improve the state’s transportation network in Perry County.
Mid-America Bridge Co., Inc. began work Tuesday, May 3 on a $271,818.80 project to restore and waterproof the decks of two bridges on KY 15 near Jeff, south of Hazard. The bridges cross the North Fork of the Kentucky River at mile marker 5.84, and KY 7 and the CSX Transportation railroad at mile marker 5.96. They are located just south of the intersection of KY 15 and KY 7 and the old Dilce Combs High School. Traffic from Hazard to Vicco, Whitesburg and Jenkins, and vice versa, will be impacted.
"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 road."
Two-way traffic will be maintained during the project, but lanes and traffic patterns will be shifted. The Department of Highways anticipates maintaining travel lane widths of 12 feet during the work.
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.
The project is expected to take five to six weeks, weather permitting. The contract calls for the work to be completed within 40 working days of its beginning.