Department of Highways, District 11
Transportation Cabinet spending $7,866,512 to give US 25W in Williamsburg a Facelift
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is asking for the public’s assistance as construction begins on a section of US 25W in Williamsburg. The scope of this project is to widen, install turn lanes and rehabilitate US 25W from the intersection of Main Street to the US Post Office, and to install turn lanes on US 25W at the Williamsburg Plastics factory and in the vicinity of the Whitley County School campus. The unsightly and dangerous overhanging cliff at the intersection of Main Street will be removed as part of this project.
Project scheduling is sketchy at this time due to the uncertainty in the progress of utility relocations. It is anticipated that the initial construction will consist of relocation of Cliff End Street, installation of new drainage structures, relocation of sewer and water lines, and construction of a retaining wall. Although traffic delays and impacts will be minimized as much as possible, the nature of this project will require much of the construction to be performed with traffic reduced to one lane. Due to the traffic volume on this road, moderate delays should be expected and the Cabinet asks motorists to exercise caution and patience when traveling through this area. The Department anticipates a total closure of US 25W during the months of June and July for the removal of the overhanging cliff and for removal and replacement of the failing roadbed just North of Main Street.
Motorists will be asked to seek alternate routes for travel during the closure periods and may want to consider alternate routes during various other phases of the project in which construction will cause minor delays. Media outlets will be informed of closures in a timely manner and motorists are urged to listen for these announcements on local radio stations in order to plan their route as they travel through the area.
Construction of this project will be inconvenient at best but the rewards will be well worth it. This project is vital for the enhancement of safety and highway capacity as well as beautification for this corridor. The contract was awarded to Elmo Greer and Sons in the amount of $7,866,512 on November 14, 2005 and has an anticipated completion date of late summer 2007.