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June 4, 2014

914 Bypass getting 2 new lanes

Work underway on $15.5 million contract to widen 3.5-mile stretch

Somerset —

Heavy equipment is moving dirt and rock along at least two areas of Ky. 914 to create two additional lanes along the eastern half of southeastern bypass.
Bill Chaney, branch manager for project development and preservation for Kentucky Department of Highways’ District 8, said utilities are being relocated along some areas of the road and Hinkle (Contracting Corporation) is trying to work where they can. Construction is now in the area near Rush Branch Road where the existing four-lane section reduces to two lanes, and also just south of Ky. 192 (Ruth Road). Chaney said utilities work will not delay completion of the project scheduled in June of next year.
 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 near the intersection with Rush Branch Road to Ky. 80 east of Somerset.
  Two new lanes will be constructed on the southeastern 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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