Utility work starts for KY 237 widening project

BOONE COUNTY, KY (FOX19) - The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) began utility work this week for the new KY 237 Camp Ernst Road Interchange, located in Boone County. The work comes as part of a KY 237 widening project.

On Tuesday, crews were moving utilities at the site to make way for the next section of the project. Construction work is scheduled to begin this spring.

According to officials, the new interchange will be one of the most involved in Boone County, with Camp Ernst Rd (KY 237) going over Burlington Pike (KY 18) with the construction of a bridge. In addition, it will have multi-use pathways for walkers and cyclists.

"We are excited to begin construction on the second section of KY 237," said Rob Hans, Chief District Engineer for KYTC District 6. "The project's biggest focus will be the Single Point Urban Interchange (SPUI) at the Camp Ernst Road and KY 18 intersection; which is the first one constructed in our northern Kentucky district."

KYTC says more than 40,000 cars travel through the intersection daily, and with the SPUI system, traffic flow will be uninterrupted.

The entire reconstruction project will cover a 1.35 mile section of KY 237, from Rogers Lane to Burlington Pike. The first section was completed in December, at Pleasant Valley Road. According to KYTC, the remaining section is not yet funded. Once finished, it will complete the new 4.7 mile KY 237 corridor, and connect Rose Petal to Rogers Lane.

KYTC officials say the project was awarded to L-M Asphalt Partners LTD of Lexington, for its low bid of $22.4 million.

The completion date of the project is scheduled for the summer of 2015.

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