Friday, April 17, 2015

Traffic Shift on Breathitt-Pennyrile Parkway on Saturday

A contractor for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet plans a traffic shift along a work zone on the Breathitt-Pennyrile Parkway in WEBSTER County on Saturday, April 18. 2015.

This traffic shift for both northbound and southbound traffic is along a 2-mile long work zone that runs from mile point 59.289 near the Deer Creek Bridge extending northward to mile point 61.850 near the KY 56 Exit 63 Sebree Interchange.

Traffic in this work zone is now running in the right-hand or driving lane.  Sometime Saturday afternoon the contractor plans to shift all traffic to the left-hand or passing lane.

This work zone is immediately to the south of and adjacent to the Pennyrile Parkway/KY 56 Exit 63 Sebree Interchange upgrade project.  The contractors on these adjoining projects will coordinate traffic control to make the work zone transition as user-friendly as possible.

Base repairs along this section are expected to take 3 or 4 days to complete.  Traffic will then be allowed to run on the repaired areas for about a week to allow them to settle.   During that time the contractor will be completing slope maintenance and erosion repair work along the right-of-way and in the median areas.  The contractor will then place new asphalt pavement along this 2-mile section.

This work zone includes a strictly enforced 55 mile per hour speed limit with double fines and an enhanced enforcement presence.  Appropriate caution is required where equipment, flaggers, and construction personnel are along the roadway in close proximity to traffic flow.

This rehabilitation project will also serve to bring this section up to current standards to allow it to eventually become part of Interstate 69.

Road Builders, LLC, of Greenville is the prime contractor on this $1.78 million highway improvement project.  Once the paving phase starts the project should be completed in about 2 to 3 weeks, weather permitting.

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