Numerous Interstate rehabilitation projects loom in Northern Kentucky

By Mark Shuller - Email

COVINGTON, KY (FOX19) – The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 6 Office is preparing to coordinate several pavement rehabilitation projects on Interstates 71, 75, 275, and 471 in Northern Kentucky.

"While the rehabilitations of our interstates will benefit motorists and improve roadway pavement conditions, the projects will cause congestion and back ups," said Rob Hans, District 6 chief engineer. "We are getting the word out now to prepare local commuters and travelers so that they can plan accordingly."

Median cable barriers are now being installed on eastbound I-275 in Boone County.  Completion is expected near the end of November.

A $35.8 million asphalt overlay roadway rehabilitation project on northbound and southbound I-71 has begun.  The 18-mile section goes from the I-71/I-75 interchange to the vicinity of the Sparta Exit 57 (77.7 – 59.7 mile marker). The rehab project will include addressing base failures (potholes and ruts), repairing three slide areas and installing guardrail at various locations.  Message boards will warn motorists of the work zone and lane closures. The speed limit will be reduced to 55 mph.

Crews began preliminary work Nov. 7 and will continue working as weather allows.  There will be no work during the 2010 holidays. The project will be complete by Nov. 30, 2011. Eaton Asphalt Paving Co. Inc., of Covington, was awarded the low-bid contract.

Another project is a $2.9 million concrete pavement repair on westbound I-275 in Boone County.  Sections of pavement will be replaced between the Kenton County line/Turfway Road underpass and the airport interchange, which is Exit 4. Message boards will warn motorists of the work zone and lane closures. The speed limit will be reduced to 55 mph during the construction and a double fine zone will be in enforced when workers are present and signs are posted.

Double lane closures will occur on weekends.  The project will begin in November and continue until Christmas.  There will be no work during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.  The project will resume in spring 2011 and will be complete by June. W.L. Harper Co., of Hebron, Kentucky, was awarded the low-bid contract.

Other interstate repair projects also will affect motorists' routines. Commuters should consider other options, such as carpooling or public transit.

Most work will take place nights and weekends to avoid peak traffic hours, but there will still be lane closures. "We are looking at every option so we can coordinate these projects to do the least amount of disruption," Hans said.