MANCHESTER – The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) recently awarded a contract for improvements to I-75 (mile points 33.5 – 41.4) in Laurel County. Work is scheduled to begin the week of March 6.
This $8.5 million project includes milling and placing asphalt overlay on 1-75 and exits 38 and 41. Ditching operations will be conducted the entire length of the project and cleaning of the drainage structures to facilitate positive drainage. Guardrail repairs will be completed along with patching on Parker Bridge Road and median barrier wall patching at the Exit 38 bridge.
Intermittent right lane and right shoulder closures will take place on I-75 northbound beginning at mile point 33.46 near the weight station in Laurel County starting Monday.
Contractors will begin ditching and drainage operations at milepoint 33.46 and proceed north to milepoint 41.39 until completed. Right lane and right shoulder closures will be in effect from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day, Monday through Thursday.
Closures will be moved to only include the areas that the contractor is actively working and will not exceed four miles in length.
KYTC will be issuing traffic updates periodically to let the traveling public know when and where construction activities are scheduled inside the project limits.
KYTC advises that the speed limit will be reduced to 55 mph inside the work zone and will be posted for double fines while workers are present. KYTC also asks motorists to be aware of the work zone, expect delays and to utilize safe driving habits when traveling through the area.
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet will also perform surface repair on a portion of Interstate 75 south on Monday.
The right lane will be closed from milepoint 52 in Rockcastle County to milepoint 48 in Laurel County. The maintenance will occur from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Various lane closures will occur at different times during the project with a minimum of two lanes open in each direction beginning each Sunday at 8 p.m. through Friday at 9 a.m. Three lanes will be open in each direction beginning each Friday at 9 a.m. through Sunday at 8 p.m.
Work will continue on the I-75 rehab project until the scheduled completion date of Sept. 1.
KYTC will be issuing periodic traffic updates to let the traveling public know when and where construction activities will be completed.
The date, time and duration of work may be adjusted if inclement weather or other unforeseen delays occur.
Motorists can access travel and traffic conditions at http://goky.ky.gov or contribute their own reports at www.waze.com or via the Waze mobile application. You can also get traffic information for District 11 counties at www.facebook.com/KYTCDistrict11 or on Twitter at www.twitter.com/KYTCDistrict11.