The Cynthiana Bypass Project begins and the US 27 Bridge Replacement near completion
The $33.2 million projects improve Harrison County Infrastructure
Covington, KY – Two major road construction projects are improving roadway infrastructure in Harrison County. A bridge replacement project on US 27 over the CSX Railroad in Cynthiana nears completion and the construction of the new Cynthiana Bypass has begun.
Rob Hans, Chief District Engineer for KYTC District 6 said, “Construction has begun on the north section (first phase) of the Cynthiana Bypass and the south segment (second phase) is ready to follow.” Hans continued, “The new US 27 Bridge and the Cynthiana Bypass are great additions to the infrastructure and growth in Harrison County.”
The first phase of the Cynthiana Bypass began construction June, 2011. This northern section begins at US 27, just north of the new US 27 Bridge and extends south to KY 356 (White Oak Pike). This phase includes the construction of a new five span bridge over the CSX Railroad and Licking River. A smaller three span bridge will be constructed to cross over KY 36.
The second phase will begin at US 27, south of US 62, continuing north to KY 356 (White Oak Pike) where both sections will meet. Another three span bridge will be built to cross over Gray’s Run Creek. KY 356 improvements will be constructed in phase two.
At the intersection of US 27 and US 62, a single-lane roundabout will be built. Roundabouts eliminate the need for traffic signals. Traffic will be able to move continuously and more smoothly by entering right into the roundabout and exiting right.
The Walker Co. of Kentucky Inc., of Mount Sterling was awarded contracts for both sections of the Bypass based on their combined bid of $24.3 million.
The construction of the new $8.9 million US 27 Bridge also complements the infrastructure in Harrison County. This project began construction in July 2009. The new bridge and its approaches replaced a substandard and load restricted bridge while providing safer passage. Motorists have been using the new bridge since December 2010. The old structure was removed in March 2011.
The work on the north end of Church Street continues and should be complete by the end of July. The acute intersection of Church Street with US 27 will be re-aligned to be perpendicular with US 27, thereby significantly improving the sight distance for the intersection.
Both phases of the new Cynthiana Bypass are expected to be complete by fall 2013.
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