A temporary speed limit reduction from 55 mph to 45 mph is in effect for the next six to eight weeks on Ky. 914 (southeastern bypass) at and near the Ky. 769 (Rush Branch Road) intersection, according to Amber Hale, public information officer for Kentucky Highway Department’s District 8.
Also, advanced warning flashers will be temporarily taken out of service, Hale said. These flashers are currently located on both east and west approaches to Ky. 769 warning motorists of the upcoming signal.
“The reduced speed limit is “ ... basically coming down (and going up) the hills on both sides of the Rush Branch Road intersection (from about mile post 10 to mile post 11),” said Bill Chaney, branch manager for project delivery and preservation. The lower speed limit will be in effect while contractors remove the rock wall on the south side of the existing road east of the Ky. 769 intersection.
Ky. 914 is being widened to four lanes from east Ky. 80 west to just west of the Ky. 769 intersection. Work began in May 2014. The remainder of Ky. 914 from Rush Branch Road to Cumberland Parkway is already four lanes.
Hinkle Contracting Corporation is the general contractor for $15.5 million widening project. It includes constructing dual left turn lanes from westbound Ky. 80 onto Ky. 914.
Chaney said the dual lanes off Ky. 80 onto Ky. 914 will be completed in May. Contract deadline for completing the remainder of the four-lane project is August, but Chaney said the contractor has said if things continue to go well the project may be completed in June.