Ky. Kicks of Work Zone Safety Week for Spring Construction

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

GREENUP COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) -- Spring has sprung, which means you will be seeing more crews along the side of the road, working on construction projects.

Monday kicked off Work Zone Awareness Week in Kentucky.

This year, KYTC District 9, which covers Boyd, Carter, Elliott, Greenup, and Lewis counties, has more than $8 million in paving and highway construction projects planned.

During a press conference Monday in Greenup County, several transportation officials and construction workers spoke about the importance of safety in construction zones.

Some of the tips they offer while traveling through construction zones include slow down, don't tailgate, plan ahead and check online or call 511 if you live in Kentucky for construction information, pay close attention to signs and work zone flaggers, stay alert, minimize distractions, expect the unexpected and be patient.

"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."

Some of the major projects scheduled for this year are listed below:

  • 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 six miles of I-64 in Bath and Carter County

Nearly $5 million in paving, guardrail and repair projects are planned as part of District 9's Rural Secondary Program.

  • 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

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