COVINGTON, KY (FOX19) - The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is launching "Revive to Drive" in Northern Kentucky, meaning pavement rehabilitation projects are beginning on the region's major interstates.
The projects include replacing or repairing old pavement in multiple locations, ramp widening in Campbell County, and repainting nearly two dozen bridges in Kenton County.
Transportation Cabinet officials say the projects will result in markedly improved driving conditions, added safety, and the routine maintenance that is crucial for the interstate infrastructure of Northern Kentucky.
"While this Northern Kentucky interstate pavement project will benefit motorists and improve roadway pavement conditions, traffic congestion and backups will unfortunately occur," said Rob Hans, chief district engineer of the Covington District. "We have been getting the word out to prepare local commuters and travelers so that they can plan accordingly."
Most work will take place on nights and weekends to avoid peak traffic hours, but there will still be lane closures.
"We are looking at every option for coordination of these projects to do the least amount of disruption to the traveling public," Hans said.
The schedule of projects is as follows:
- Repair of concrete pavement on I-275 from KY 9 (AA Highway) in Campbell County to US 25 (Dixie Highway) in Kenton County. As part of this project, the I-275 EB Exit ramp to KY 9 in Wilder will be widened. There will be two lanes for traffic heading to NB KY 9 and two lanes for traffic heading to SB KY 9. The SB KY 9 will also be restriped to allow continuous flow of traffic from the ramp. The improvement will help alleviate exit traffic backing up on I-275. The project also includes adding median cable barriers on I-275. Cost of project: $15 million. John R. Jurgensen Company and Subsidiary, of Cincinnati, is the contractor. Expected completion: Dec. 1, 2011. Monday, March 28, 2011, traffic impacts will begin.
- Repair and replacement of faulty and settling sections of concrete pavement on I-75/I-71 NB and SB from the Rivard Drive underpass, which is north of Dixie Highway in Fort Mitchell, to the Brent Spence Bridge over the Ohio River. Work will include joint repair work on several bridges. Cost of project: $14.2 million. John R. Jurgensen Company and Subsidiary, of Cincinnati, is the contractor. Expected completion: Dec. 1, 2011. Monday, April 4, 2011, traffic impacts will begin.
- Painting of all I-275 steel bridges in Kenton County. Eighteen bridges in all, including Dr. Poweleit Licking River Bridge, KY 16, KY 17, KY 1303, US 25, CNO and TP Railroad Bridge, Crescent Springs Road and I-75/I-275 interchange bridges. All will be blast-cleaned of old paint and triple-coated. Cost of project: $15.5 million. ATSALIS Brothers Painting Co., of Clinton Township, Mich., is the contractor. Expected completion: Nov. 15, 2012. Monday, April 4, 2011, minimal traffic impacts will begin.
- Asphalt resurfacing of I-75 in Boone County from Crittenden (Exit 166) north to Richwood Road (Exit 176) and SB from Turfway Road (Exit 182) to just north of Crittenden (Exit 166). Cost of project: $6.2 million. Bluegrass Paving Inc., of Florence, is the contractor. Expected completion: Sept. 30, 2011. Work scheduled to begin in June, 2011. Only night time work will be done on this section.
Projects already in progress:
- $35.8 million asphalt overlay on NB and SB I-71 in Boone and Gallatin counties. The 18-mile project area extends from the I-71/I-75 interchange to the vicinity of Sparta Exit 57 (77.7 – 59.7 mile marker). The project is addressing base failures (potholes and ruts), repairing three slide areas and installing guardrail at various locations. Eaton Asphalt Paving Co. Inc., of Covington, is the prime contractor. Message boards are in place to warn motorists of the work zone and lane closures. Speed limit reduced to 55 mph. Expected completion: Late fall 2011. Work already in progress. Crews will be working during weekdays only. No weekend work will take place.
- $2.9 million concrete pavement repair on WB I-275 in Boone County. Sections of pavement are being replaced between the Kenton County line/Turfway Road underpass and the airport interchange (Exit 4). Message boards are in place to warn motorists of the work zone and lane closures. Speed limit reduced to 55 mph; double fine zone enforced when workers are present and signs are posted. W. L. Harper Co., Hebron, is the prime contractor. Expected completion: June 15, 2011. Work already in progress. Only night time work will be done on this section. Crews will typically be working from 7 pm until 5 am during the week with some weekend work also occurring.
Projects coming soon:
- Concrete pavement repairs on I-275 in Campbell County from KY 9 to the Ohio River – Work scheduled to begin summer 2011.
- I-471 concrete pavement repairs – Currently scheduled for 2012.
- I-275 median cable barriers in Boone County, totaling 12.1 miles – $1.3 million.
The total cost of projects complete and projects in progress is $91 million.