Paving under way on Viking Drive Hill (KY 3531) in Rowan County

ROWAN COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ) – Work’s under way on a $91,000 pavement preservation project along a half mile of Viking Drive hill (KY 3531) in Rowan County.

The project is a cape seal, which includes the application of coarse stone over a sprayed-on liquid asphalt followed by a “cape” of thin blacktop to create a smooth driving surface.

Friday, contractors plan to set work zone signs and grind off parts of Viking Drive between Hallwood Drive near the Rowan County schools campus down the hill past Walmart to KY 32 at the Old Cranston Road intersection to prepare the roadway for paving.

On Monday, Aug. 9, crews will apply the liquid asphalt and gravel, then the roadway will need to cure for about three days. Afterward, a thin layer of blacktop will be applied to create the smooth-surface cape seal.

During construction, motorists should expect one-lane, flagged traffic and should use caution as travel will be on loose gravel at times. Drivers also should reduce speeds through the work zone.

The project is being done by Hinkle Contracting Company LLC under a $91,401.20 low-bid Kentucky Transportation Cabinet contract.

Cape seals, chip seals, and microsurfacing projects are common cost-efficient pavement preservation techniques that can add years to the life of a road before a higher-cost full resurfacing project is needed.

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.

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