JACKSON, KY – (April 14, 2005) -- Orange "Road Work Ahead" signs are in place, and construction is underway on a $1.3 million safety enhancement project to improve the state’s transportation network in Breathitt County.
Reconstruction of the intersection of KY 15 and KY 30 south of Jackson near Quicksand recently began. This project will add turning lanes on KY 15 and correct geometrical and sight distance deficiencies on KY 30 at the approach to KY 15. The result of this project will be a safer intersection on this busy stretch of highway.
Kay & Kay Contractors, London, is performing the work, which should be completed by Aug. 31. During construction, traffic traveling from Jackson to Hazard and Salyersville 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. "KY 15 is one of the most heavily traveled highways in eastern Kentucky, with more than 20,000 vehicles per day using this road near the work area. This improvement will help ensure better, safer traveling for all drivers who use this busy road."
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 zone. There may be delays in the work area, so drivers should plan their trips accordingly.