Drivers using the Mountain Parkway and KY 1010 at Exit 53 in Wolfe County should prepare for a major traffic pattern change, as work continues on a pavement and bridge rehabilitation project between Stillwater and Helechawa (exits 46 and 57).
On Thursday, July 11, through traffic on the Mountain Parkway will be diverted onto the exit ramps at the KY 1010 interchange. In addition, the KY 1010 overpass will be closed Thursday and Friday to allow construction of temporary connectors to allow through KY 1010 traffic to use the ramps as a temporary detour while the bridge at the interchange is demolished and rebuilt.
KY 1010 traffic will be unable to proceed beyond the Mountain Parkway overpass on Thursday and Friday. Northbound KY 1010 traffic will be required to enter the eastbound Mountain Parkway and can use KY 205 and KY 191 to reach Hazel Green. Southbound traffic will be required to enter the westbound Mountain Parkway and can use KY 191 and KY 1812 to reach Malaga and the southern end of KY 1010. Once the work is complete Friday afternoon, KY 1010 will reopen to through traffic via the Mountain Parkway ramps and temporary turning lanes.
A speed limit of 25 mph will be in place while traffic is using the temporary diversion. Drivers should watch for workers and flaggers while the work is taking place Thursday and Friday.
The work is part of a larger project that begins at Exit 46 and ends at the start of the current widening project near Exit 57. The speed limit will be reduced to 45 mph through most of the work zone, with lower limits where appropriate.
All work is scheduled to be completed by Oct. 31.
Drivers are reminded to observe posted speed limits and warning signs in work zones, and to watch for workers and equipment in these locations. Road conditions and traffic patterns can change on short notice in construction areas.
(provided by Kentucky Transportation Cabinet)