Elizabethtown Highway District
Work to apply new surface on parkway ramp will mean detour June 2
ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. (June 1, 2010) — The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet plans to apply a special surface on a section of the eastbound Western Kentucky Parkway ramp to northbound Interstate 65. The high-friction surface is designed to help provide greater vehicle stability on the ramp.
“The Transportation Cabinet continues to look for possible ways to improve safety for motorists,” said Patty Dunaway, chief engineer for the cabinet’s Elizabethtown district. “High-friction surfacing is an option that we believe could help reduce the number of crashes on this ramp.”
The work is scheduled Wednesday, June 2. The ramp will be closed most of the day, beginning around 8:30 a.m. EDT, but is expected to be reopened for afternoon rush traffic.
The work is part of a $60,000 federal Highway Safety Improvement Program project that includes several safety modifications on the ramp. Flashing lights are scheduled to be installed on an existing overhead sign later this summer.
During the work, motorists traveling from the eastbound Western Kentucky Parkway to northbound I-65 will be detoured via the Elizabethtown Bypass, KY 1136 and U.S. 31W back to the WK and northbound I-65. Signs will be posted.
Dunaway stressed that speed remains the biggest safety concern on the ramp.
“The ramp is not designed for high speeds,” Dunaway said. “It is critical that motorists transitioning from the parkway to the interstate obey the suggested speed limits, for their safety and for the safety of other motorists.”
The suggested speed on the ramp is 25 mph.