by Bill Mardis
Short traffic delays will begin Monday on the two-lane section of Ky. 914 (southeastern bypass) as blasting begins to remove rock walls on the right-of-way of two additional lanes under construction, according to Amber Hale, public information officer for the Kentucky Department of Highways’ District 8.
Hale said each delay should be about 5 minutes while explosives are detonated. Because numerous rock cuts were necessary when Ky. 914 was built during the 1990s, blasting will continue throughout the construction period, she said. The additional two lanes along the 3 1/2 miles of two-lane road are expected to be completed in June 2015.
“Otherwise, construction is not expected to have too much impact on Ky. 914 traffic,” Hale said. She added, however, there may be lane closings at times.
Hinkle Contracting Corporation of Somerset and Paris, and American Engineering, a Glasgow-based firm, have a $15,533,782.88 contract to widen the road. 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.
The entire southeastern section of Ky. 914 is seven miles long, extending from U.S. 27 across from Beacon Hill Baptist Church southeasterly to Ky. 80. The western half of this section was built to accommodate four lanes of traffic and the eastern half is only two lanes wide.
A new blacktop surface is about complete on Ky. 914 from U. S. 27 east to the intersection of Ky. 1247.