Traffic to be impacted in Greenup County as $6.3 million project continues

FLEMINGSBURG, Ky. (WTVQ) – US 23’s next paving project this month will boost the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s investment in the northeast state highway to $6.3 million. The project will add six more miles of new blacktop to its lanes in Greenup County.

Contractors are in the process of finishing a $2.7 million resurfacing project on five miles of US 23 from Ohio River Road, or KY 3116 at mile marker 18, to Siloam Curve at mile marker 23.

As that work concludes, around July 12 crews will start resurfacing operations on the six miles of US 23 between Siloam Curve and the downtown Portsmouth bridge at mile marker 29. This part of the project will cost $3.6 million.

First, crews will repair the underlying pavement in the Siloam area while clearing ditches on the northern end of the project around Portsmouth. Drivers should be aware of temporary lane closures and one-lane traffic both ways from around 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day in work zones. The lane closures will be removed each night.

Going through August, paving operations will probably work on left lanes first, with daily lane closures and one-lane traffic each way where crews are working.

As paving goes on, speed limits will be reduced for safety. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet asks motorists to take it slow, obey all flaggers and warning signs and be considerate of increased traffic congestion and delays.

Close to 8,000 vehicles use the highway through the area every day.

Mountain Enterprises, Inc. will do the new six-mile project under a $3,646,080.05 low-bid Transportation Cabinet contract. It also is doing the current five-mile resurfacing project under a $2,660,830.55 low-bid contract.

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