Northeastern Kentucky Road Projects to Impact Travel During Memorial Day Holiday

May 25, 2017

State highway improvements will continue across northeast Kentucky next week, the week May 29, and will include some traffic impacts through the Memorial Day holiday.

At Catlettsburg in Boyd County, the Kenova bridge that carries US 60 across the Big Sandy River to West Virginia is one lane with traffic controlled by temporary signals as contractors replace old pavement with a new driving surface. The lane under construction is impassable, so traffic restrictions cannot be removed for the holiday.

In other work zones, while active construction may be suspended on Monday, speed limit restrictions remain in place to protect motorists.

Construction is ongoing at the following locations in Kentucky Department of Highways District 9:


KY 36 @ Sharpsburg: Work to replace more than 50 drainage pipes under KY 36 between the 1 and 8 mile markers, from Main Street at Sharpsburg to a half mile east of Powers Branch Road, is continuing. During construction, the roadway will be one-lane and/or closed except for local traffic each day where crews are working, and will be restricted to a 9-foot width limit. Work will take place now through summer, with a final completion date of Oct. 15. Some pipe replacements will require full closures and detours. Motorists should watch message boards for details. Trucks larger than 9 feet wide should reroute using US 60 or KY 11 and other connecting state routes. A detour will not be posted.


US 60 @ Catlettsburg: The Catlettsburg-Kenova bridge (US 60) in downtown Catlettsburg, Boyd County, has been restricted to one-lane traffic for renovations. Temporary traffic signals in both Catlettsburg and Kenova now control all traffic flow across the bridge, day and night. Motorists should stay in the marked lane and must not bypass signals as the lane under construction will be impassable. Lengthy delays at signals are likely. Motorists should plan travel accordingly, including seeking alternate routes – such as using Interstate 64 and US 23 to reroute between Catlettsburg (I-64 Exit 191) and Kenova (I-64 Exit 1). Pedestrians using the bridge should also use caution, heed warning signs and note that access could be restricted at times.

KY 168 @ Ashland: A $108,000 Kentucky Transportation Cabinet improvement project to update traffic signals and install new mast-arm poles at the Blackburn Avenue (KY 168) and 29th Street intersection is under way. Work will require temporary lane closures and possible flagged traffic at the intersection during weekdays through June. Motorists should expect delays and plan travel accordingly, or reroute to avoid traffic impacts.


KY 7 @ Grayson Lake: Bridges are being painted on KY 7 near Grayson Lake, with temporary signals controlling one-lane traffic in both directions. Motorists should expect delays. Message boards will be used to warn travelers. The work is part of a $1.2 million project that includes painting a KY 1274 bridge, and of the steel substructure of two Carter County bridges: the KY 7 bridge over the Grayson Lake dam spillway (milepoint 3.9) and the KY 7 bridge over Clifty Creek (milepoint 1.7).

KY 474 @ Carter: Contractors have shifted traffic onto an adjacent diversionary route to bypass the KY 474 bridge that is being replaced near Carter City in northwest Carter County. Slow down and heed all warning signs. In addition, Nunn Road will be closed during bridge construction.

US 60 at Stinson Creek: Bridge replacement work is wrapping up in this area. Watch for traffic changes and possible flagged traffic from time to time.


KY 755: Bridge repairs are continuing on KY 755 (South Ruin Road) north of Sandy Hook in Elliott County. The South Ruin Creek bridge on KY 755 between the A. Winkleman Road and Paradise Road intersections (near milepoint 5.2) is closed to traffic weekdays, 8:30 a.m. until 2  p.m. Motorists may detour using KY 7 and KY 650, or local routes. Message boards will be used to communicate closure times and schedule changes.


KY 1: The Greenup County crews are replacing drainage pipes, cleaning ditches and performing other maintenance along eight miles of KY 1 north of the Carter County line to prepare for paving this summer. Watch for one-lane work zones, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, through early June. Temporary signals will be in use.


KY 8 @ Garrison: All traffic on KY 8 at Garrison is detoured as the Kinniconnick bridge has been closed for replacement. The new bridge is expected to be open for traffic by Nov. 15. During the bridge closure, KY 8 traffic should reroute using KY 1306 and KY 3311 nearby. A detour will be marked.

KY 377: Paving work on KY 377 in Lewis County north of the Rowan line is continuing. Watch for daily one-lane, flagged traffic when weather permits.


AA Highway (KY 9) @ Maysville: The AA Highway (KY 9) widening project in Mason County from US 68 north of Maysville to just north of KY 435 at Fernleaf, milepoints 12.6-17.5, is continuing. Two-way traffic maintained for roadway widening, with speed limit reduced to 45 miles per hour, intermittent flagged traffic and travel lane shifts.

Maple Leaf Road @ Maysville: Contractors are working to widen and rebuild Maple Leaf Road (KY 1448) between US 62 and the AA Highway in Maysville. New road construction with intermittent flagged traffic and detours daily. Watch for shifting travel lanes and expect delays.


Bridge Work: Motorists should watch for traffic changes on KY 386 at Big rush Creek, KY 32 at Scrubgrass Creek and Fleming Creek, and KY 57 and KY 1285 over Somerset Creek, for bridge work. The bridge on KY 33 at Fleming Creek bridge is currently one lane, controlled by temporary signals.

KY 1455 Lake Road: Contractors are working on Lake Road (KY 1455) between KY 32 and US 68, fixing embankment slips in two areas. Pipe replacements, culvert repairs, shoulder work and paving will follow through May and June, with daily one-lane flagged traffic possible. During construction, the speed limit on Lake Road will be reduced to 45 miles per hour to protect motorists and workers. All construction should be finished by July 1.

KY 1244 Sugar Creek Road: State crews and contractors are excavating parts of Sugar Creek Road between the KY 3314-Rose Hill Road intersection (mile marker 14) and Bald Hill Road (mile marker 17). Work will include removing sections of unstable roadbed replacing it with new rock and blacktop, and installing T-rail at slip locations. Narrow road width and equipment size will require crews to close KY 1244 from 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. each work day. Only local residential traffic will be permitted past those points. Message boards will be used to notify traffic of daily work zone or schedule changes. All thru traffic on KY 1244 should reroute using US 68, KY 1244 (Barterville Road) and KY 3314.


KY 519 @ Morehead: Contractors are working on a $10 million highway improvement project along KY 519 at Cave Run Lake, from KY 801 to the bottom of Clack Mountain, milepoints 2.3-6, construction through the end of 2017. New roadway being built adjacent to highway. Watch for intermittent one-lane flagged traffic, temporary closures, blasting and other impacts daily. Construction will continue throughout the year. Project completion is expected by the end of 2017.

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

(story provided by Kentucky Transportation Cabinet)