Department of Highways, District 10
Double Fine Zone Now in Effect in KY 15 Construction Zone in Breathitt County

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, May 10, 2006  
Contact Information:  H.B. ELKINS
(606) 666-8841

JACKSON, KY – (May 9, 2006) -- A double fine zone is now in effect along two sections of KY 15 between Jackson and Campton that are impacted by the KY 15 relocation project.

The speed limit was lowered to 45 miles per hour last fall at the northern and southern ends of the project, where the new alignment of KY 15 will connect with the current highway.

Now, as work moves closer to the existing road, barrier walls have been put in place and the double fine zone is in effect.

"As this project moves toward completion, workers and flaggers are in close proximity to the heavy traffic that uses KY 15," said Linda Wagner-Justice, chief district engineer for the Department of Highways District 10. "For their protection and the protection of the traveling public, we have instituted a double fine zone in these areas and have requested Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement to patrol this area to enforce the reduced speed limit."

Motorists will see increased activity at the southern end of the project near Five Mile and the northern end at Vancleve, as the connections between the existing and new highways are made. During times when blasting is taking place or when equipment is being moved, drivers may experience short traffic stoppages.

The work at the southern end involves tying existing KY 15 in to the new alignment and constructing a new connector for old KY 15. The work at the northern end involves reconfiguring the intersection of KY 15, KY 205 and KY 1812 into a grade-separated interchange.

"We encourage motorists to 'Drive Smart' and use caution in this work zone," Wagner-Justice said. "In this area, traffic patterns, signage and pavement markings are subject to change at any time and we cannot stress enough to drivers on this busy road to slow down, obey the posted speed limit and pay attention to their surroundings. Alert drivers are instrumental in avoiding needless tragedies on our highways."

By law, double fines are assessed only when work is actually taking place. During hours when no work is being done, normal fines apply.