Work zones coming to all northeast Kentucky counties this spring
Get involved … Stand Out for Work Zone Safety
FLEMINGSBURG, Ky. (April 7, 2014) – Let’s face it. Work zones impact everyone’s life.
Whether you’re a driver going to work, school or on vacation, or a highway crewman flagging traffic on a job site, you will find work zones in every northeast Kentucky county this spring and summer.
That’s why each year during Work Zone Awareness Week, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet releases a list of construction projects – so you can be prepared before you hit the road – and a list of safety tips.
Find all of that information, and more, online at Kentucky Department of Highways District 9’s website: Transportation.ky.gov/District-9/Pages/WZS.aspx. The public can also get involved and “stand out” to support state highway workers and contractors by wearing their own brightly-colored clothing and submitting a photo using social media. Visit the web site or Facebook.com/KYTCDistrict9 to learn how.
This year, District 9 plans more than $8 million in mainline paving and highway construction projects on roads such as US 60, US 23 and the AA Highway in Boyd and Greenup counties, KY 8 and KY 7 in Greenup County, KY 556 in Elliott County, KY 57 and KY 344 in Lewis County, KY 11 in Mason County and along eight miles of KY 32 at Morehead.
Major construction projects, some of which are already let to contract and some of which are planned, include:
· Two miles of US 23 in the 30th Street area of Ashland
· A $3.3 million project to pave and widen a section of the AA Highway (KY 10) from KY 7 to the Greenup Locks and Dam under way now; and eight miles of microsurfacing on the AA Highway (KY 10) in western Greenup County, which will take place in May
· Continuation of shoulder paving and turn lane construction at multiple points along 29 miles of US 23 in Greenup County, a $5 million improvement project
· Reconstruction of US 60 in the greater Ashland area of Boyd County, from KY 716 to Rose Hill Cemetery
· Pave and improve Interstate-64 between Mount Sterling and Owingsville in Bath County, which is ongoing now
· Pave and improve six miles of I-64 in Bath and Carter County
· Replace bridges on KY 32 and US 60 in Rowan County
· Paving and repairs along US 68 at Maysville and KY 32 at Flemingsburg
· AA Highway widening in Mason County between US 68 at Maysville to KY 435
And, nearly $5 million in paving, guardrail and repair projects are planned as part of District 9’s Rural Secondary program. Roadways involved include:
· KY 854 in Boyd County, KY 2 in Carter County, KY 706 in Elliott County, KY 784 in Greenup County, KY 59, KY 989 and KY 3310 in Lewis County.
· KY 826 in Bath County, KY 597, KY 170 and KY 3301 in Fleming County, KY 597, KY 596 and KY 161 in Mason County, KY 57, KY 13 and KY 1244 in Nicholas County, KY 2342 in Rowan County and others.
This year, the Transportation Cabinet urges motorists to slow down and reduce distractions in work zones.
“It is not unusual for workers to see drivers with a cell phone to their ear, trying to maneuver through traffic cones and construction equipment,” said KYTC Secretary Mike Hancock. “We’re asking drivers to consider work zones as ‘no phone zones’ in order to keep everyone safe on our roadways.”
Other safety tips when traveling through construction work zones:
- Slow down. Note the posted speed limits in and around the work zone.
- Don’t tailgate. Keep a safe distance between the vehicles in front of you.
- Pay close attention. Signs and work zone flaggers save lives.
- Stay alert. Dedicate your full attention to the roadway.
- Minimize distractions. Avoid changing radio stations and using cell phones while driving in the work zone.
- Expect the unexpected. Keep an eye out for workers and their equipment.
- Be patient. Remember the work zone crew members are working to improve your future ride.