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April 29, 2014

Ky. 914 widening, resurfacing underway

Somerset —

Flashing signs activated Monday remind motorists on the southeastern bypass section of Ky. 914 that roadwork got under way Tuesday.
The initial project is resurfacing Ky. 914 from U.S. 27 to the Murphy Avenue Extension-Ky. 1247 intersection. Cones have been placed, reducing the two westbound lanes to one as paving gets under way. This section of Ky. 914 was built during the 1990s.
Right of way is being cleared and heavy equipment is being moved in to begin widening the eastern half of the southeastern bypass. Hinkle Contracting Corporation of Somerset and Paris, and American Engineering, a Glasgow-based engineering firm, has a $15,533,782.88 contract to widen to four lanes a 3 1/2 mile section of Ky. 914 from the intersection with Rush Branch Road to Ky. 80 east of Somerset.
“We’ve got to get started as quickly as possible,” Greg Howard, a Hinkle vice president, said last week. Bill Chaney, branch manager for project delivery and preservation, Kentucky Department of Highways’ District 8, said this week he expects to project to get under way immediately.
  Two new lanes will be constructed on the southern side  (the side away from Somerset) of the existing two lanes. The two new lanes will accommodate eastbound traffic and the two existing lanes will carry westbound traffic.
 Included in the widening contract is construction of dual left-turn lanes for westbound vehicles on Ky. 80 turning onto Ky. 914. Adding another left-turn lane is to accommodate normally heavy Friday afternoon traffic headed to Lake Cumberland.
Completion time, according to Hinkle’s design-build proposal, is June 26, 2015, about two months earlier than the August date in the Transportation Cabinet’s specifications.

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