Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

August 30, 2013

Paving project to start Tuesday

Staff report
The Independent

ASHLAND — Paving work on two of Ashland’s main thoroughfares will begin on Tuesday.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is advising motorists to watch for lane closures and nighttime paving operations along U.S. 60 and Winchester Avenue in Ashland over the next several weeks.

The $1.8 million paving improvement project will resurface approximately five miles of roadway. It will begin with a 2.8 mile section of U.S. 60 from Winslow Road intersection to Winchester Avenue.

According to the Department of Highways, paving will begin  on Tuesday with crews working 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. each day, excluding weekends, for two to three weeks.

Paving will start on U.S. 60 at Winslow Road near Rose Hill and progress along U.S. 60 (13th Street) past Blackburn Avenue down the college hill to Winchester Avenue in downtown Ashland.

Crews will then pave the section of Winchester Avenue from 13th Street north to the Greenup Avenue split, return to U.S. 60 and work along Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard (12th Street) to the 13th Street split and continue along 13th Street-U.S. 60 back to the Rose Hill area.

The remainder of the paving along Winchester Avenue, from 13th Street to the southern Greenup Avenue split, will begin later this summer or in the fall. All work and lane closures will take place at night, 7 p.m. to 7 a.m., to lessen traffic impacts. Where crews are working, U.S. 60 will be reduced to one lane.

Along the multi-lane sections of 12th and 13th Streets, as well as Winchester Avenue, there will be shifting closures of each travel lane. Traffic restrictions will be removed daily, but motorists should expect delays and watch for flaggers during work hours.

Motorists are urged to reduce speeds through work zones, and drive with caution as travel could be on rough surfaces at times.

Mountain Enterprises Inc. was awarded the $1,875,980 contract for the work, which includes the resurfacing along U.S. 60 and Winchester Avenue as well as handicapped-accessible sidewalk ramps at intersections along both routes.

The sidewalk ramps were completed earlier this summer.

Road work schedules are subject to change depending on weather conditions. Motorists are asked to heed all warning signs, drive carefully in work zones and remain aware of workers and construction equipment when traveling.

Find more information about Department of Highways District 9, including traffic alerts and project news at transportation.ky.gov/district-9.