Parkway Being Spruced Up

Amber Hale, Kentucky Department of Highways

Hinkle Contracting Corporation has begun an $8.7 million rehabilitation project of the Cumberland Parkway that eventually will extend from Fishing Creek to the Pulaski-Russell County line.

“The project, to be done in two phases, includes milling, resurfacing, shoulder repair, guardrail replacement, ditching and draining,” said Amber Hale, information officer for the Kentucky Department of Highways’ District 8.

“It’s just generally a spruce-up job,” she said. 

Work is scheduled to be performed in two phases. Phase 1, already under way, begins at mile point 72 (Russell-Pulaski County line) and ends at mile point 78.35 (Exit 78). This part of the work is expected to last approximately eight weeks.

Phase 2, scheduled to begin approximately May 5, will begin at mile point 78.35 (Exit 78) and end at mile point 84.3 (Fishing Creek).

Right travel lanes will be the first to close during each phase. Once right lanes and shoulders have been completed traffic shifts will occur and work will begin on left travel lanes.

Speed limits will be reduced from 70 to 55 mph through the work zone and double fines will be in effect. In addition, lane widths will be reduced to 11 feet. Motorists are encouraged to use alternate routes. Drivers should expect delays and are encouraged to allow extra time in reaching their destinations.

Work is scheduled to be completed by September 1. Starting date and duration of work may be adjusted for inclement weather or other unforeseeable delays.