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July 1, 2014

Repaving project underway

Somerset —

The ear-splitting, cutters-biting-into-concrete sound permeating downtown Somerset early this week is the sidewalk part of repaving projects that include resurfacing Ky. 80 business route as well as nearby South Richardson Drive and a three-block stretch of U.S. 27.
The nerve-racking noise is generated as workers redesign curb ramps to comply with Americans with Disabilities Act, according to Amber Hale, public information officer for the Kentucky Department of Highways’ District 8. Existing concrete is being cut and removed with specially designed cutters.
The redesigned ramps are to make sidewalks, street crossings, and the other pedestrian routes accessible to people with disabilities. Larry Harvey, a workman at the site, said curb ramps downtown are being done by a Richmond-based subcontractor for Hinkle Contracting Corporation.
 Resurfacing of Ky. 80X (business route) includes Ogden, Ohio and West Mt. Vernon streets to and around Fountain Square, then east along East Mt. Vernon Street to near Ky. 192 (just past the Pulaski County Health Department). Including in the $1.3 million project is resurfacing South Richardson Drive from South Main Street to West Mt. Vernon Street and on U.S. 27 between lights 14 and 17. Hinkle is general contractor for the projects.
Hale said resurfacing around Fountain Square will include parking spaces. However, she said the work will be done at night on Mt. Vernon Street to cause as little disruption as possible. Resurfacing is scheduled to begin Sunday, July 6.
Projected completion date is November 15 and during these operations roadways will be reduced to one lane. Motorists are encouraged to use alternate routes, Hale noted. 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 in reaching their destinations, Hale said.
 Work is scheduled to be performed in two phases, starting with South Richardson Drive with milling and paving operations being performed during daylight hours beginning at mile point 0 and ending at mile point 0.36. Phase two will consist of milling and paving operations being performed during night time hours on KY 80X beginning at mile point 2.5 (US 27) and ending at mile point 5.06 (KY 192).

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