Department of Highways, District 11
Installation of New Turn Lane on KY 1006

Press Release Date:  Monday, December 05, 2005  
Contact Information:  SANDY RUDDER
(606) 598-2145

Safer turns will soon be possible for motorists traveling KY 1006 in London near Meyers-Baker Road.  The Transportation Cabinet’s District 11 Office in Manchester is scheduled to begin construction of a turn lane located at the intersection of Meyers-Baker Road (behind Wal-Mart).  The turn lane is being installed to improve safety and reduce congestion as this area expands. 

“Turn lanes are a great asset to businesses and motorists traveling through this area,” said Greene L. Keith, Chief District Engineer.  “These are the type safety projects the Transportation Cabinet like to do for motorists using our roadways.   Using state forces and personnel to perform the labor, projects such as these can be accomplished with limited funding,” said Mr. Keith.  Total funding for this project will be approximately $35,000 to construct the turn lane.

Department of Highways crews will begin construction of the left turn lane on Wednesday, December 7, weather permitting.  The project will consist of digging out along KY 1006 allowing for asphalt widening for the center turn lane to be installed.  Striping for the project will be performed by the District 11 Traffic crew based in Manchester.   Work is expected to take three days to complete and the City of London will be replacing sidewalks removed for the project later this winter.  

During this phase of construction, KY 1006 will be reduced to one lane, continuously, until the project is completed.  Traffic will remain one lane during the overnight periods, due to narrowed lane widths and pavement drop off condition from the construction.  Portable traffic signals will be used to regulate the traffic on KY 1006 to one lane during the construction period.  Meyers-Baker Road will be closed to through traffic from the rear Wal-Mart entrance west toward KY 1006 and completely closed from KY 1006 from 300 feet to the Medical Specialists of Kentucky parking lot entrance. Local traffic will be allowed to use Meyers-Baker Road from the entrance to Wal-Mart westward to the Medical Specialists of Kentucky parking lot entrance.

During the construction phase the sidewalks in this area will not be usable for pedestrians. All local entrances will be maintained for the many businesses in the area, with temporary access. The District 11 Highway Office in Manchester asks for your patience during this construction period so the turn lanes may be installed as soon as possible.

Motorists traveling this corridor will enjoy the benefits of improved safety with the turn lane in place.  Enhancements such as this allow for a safer, more efficient traffic flow and aid in alleviating traffic congestion while accommodating London’s expanding traffic and increasing economic development opportunities for this area.