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KYTC crews ramp up work on US 60 project in Boyd County


After a slight slowdown this winter, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has taken up work on a section of US 60 in Boyd County. Officials said the construction will rebuild the highway to provide a better driving experience for the 12,000 drivers who use it each day.

District 9 Information Officer Allen Blair said excavation work began in the area between Coalton and Cannonsburg earlier this month.

“It’s a four-mile project to basically widen the highways, straighten it out, replace some aging bridges, and when we’re done, we’ll have a three-lane-style highway with center turn lanes, right turn lanes, and just a much safer, less congested highway to serve the traveling public there in the Ashland region,” said Blair.

Officials said the road work will be done later this year. In the meantime, Blair said drivers should be aware of traffic impacts. Lanes of US 60 will be narrower for the duration of the project. KY 5 traffic has been detoured and Princeland Drive and Midland Trail roads have been closed for the work.

“We also want to remind people that the speed limit has been reduced for everyone’s safety to 35 miles an hour. Please take it slow, watch out for the construction traffic, and just everybody, stay safe out there,” said Blair.

Blair said people can take other routes, like KY 180, to reach the interstate.

The work to US 60 in Boyd County is a $46 million project through the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.