Major local road project set to get underway next month

A major local road project affecting Highways 127 and 619 is set to get underway next month according to officials from the District 8 Transportation Cabinet office.

Work will take place on U.S. 127 between the intersections of KY 619 and KY 80 (milepoints 17.6 to 18.6) and on KY 619 between Dowell Road and U.S. 127 (milepoints 16 to 16.2).

Contractors will set up work zone signs next week, and will begin construction mid-March, according to transportation officials.

The project includes adding left turn lanes to U.S. 127 at the intersection with Bernard Drive and Charles E. Peck Drive.

Left turn lanes will also constructed on KY 619 at the intersection of U.S. 127. This will include a new protected/permitted left turn signal with a green arrow that indicates drivers can make left turns while all other traffic is stopped.

A center two-way left turn lane will be added on U.S. 127 at Dr. Joe T. Petty Drive and on KY 619 between Laker Inn and Dowell Road. Also included in this project will be the construction of offset left turn lanes at the intersections of U.S. 127 and KY 80 and the intersection of U.S. 127 and Northridge.

As of now, transportation officials estimate work to be completed around the end of October.

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