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July 11, 2014

New entrance, exit ramps to be built on parkway

Somerset —

Construction of a new interchange on the Cumberland Parkway at U.S. 127 in Russell County is expected to begin Monday (July 14), according to Amber Hale, information officer for Kentucky Department of Highways’ District 8.
New eastbound and westbound ramps will be built for U.S. 127 and Cumberland Parkway. Existing ramps and roadway were designed to accommodate the Russell Springs toll booth, closed in 2003. Toll booths were removed because of a bill in the United States Congress sponsored by Hal Rogers (R-Somerset) which included an appropriation to pay off bonds on Cumberland Parkway as well as Daniel Boone Parkway in eastern Kentucky. 
In addition to ramps, the current construction project includes bridge reconstruction with new turn lanes from U.S. 127 to enter the parkway, Hale said.
Motorists can expect reduced speed limits along U.S. 127 between mile points 17.1 and 18.1 and Cumberland Parkway between mile points 61 and 63. Drivers are encouraged to pay close attention to signage throughout the work zone, Hale reminded.
Temporary ramps will be built for entering and exiting traffic while construction of new ramps is being performed. Lane closures, lane restrictions as well as flaggers and construction personnel working in close proximity to traffic flow should also be expected. Appropriate caution is required and motorists are encouraged to use alternate routes, she suggested.
Weddle Enterprises Inc., Somerset, is the prime contractor on the $6,496,439 project. Work is expected to be completed by December 25. 
Starting date and duration of work may be adjusted for inclement weather or other unforeseeable delays. Drivers should expect delays and are encouraged to allow extra time to reach destinations, Hale noted.
  Opened in 1972-73, Cumberland Parkway is an 88-mile-long, east–west controlled-access highway extending from I-65 north of Bowling Green to Somerset. The road parallels Ky. 80 for its entire length, passing Glasgow, Edmonton, Columbia and Russell Springs. 

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