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Controlled Detonation to Briefly Stop Traffic


This is becoming a habit! Another Kentucky Transportation Cabinet traffic advisory came out today for Tuesday (9/23) or Wednesday (9/24):


A contractor for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is moving ahead with improvements along Lovers Lane in Hopkinsville.

The contractor plans an explosive detonation along the work zone on Tuesday or Wednesday, September 23 or 24, 2014. This controlled detonation will require traffic to be stopped along US 41-Alternate/Ft. Campbell Boulevard near the Lovers Lane intersection at the south edge of Hopkinsville on Tuesday or Wednesday.

This traffic stoppage will be at US 41-Alternate mile point 12.157. Traffic will be stopped about 1500 ft. from the detonation point. Traffic is expected to be stopped for up to 10 minutes.

Some future use of explosives to aid in rock excavation along the project may require additional brief traffic stoppages.

The Lovers Lane (CR-1652) project is designed to improve connections between US 41-Alternate and the Breathitt Pennyrile Parkway while providing improved access to the Hopkinsville Convention Center entrance.

Westate Construction of Hopkinsville is the prime contractor on the $1,993,975 transportation improvement project. Completion is expected in mid-August, 2015.

I-24 Traffic Advisory

This morning I received another traffic advisory from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, this time related to I-24 and the installation of additional cable barriers:

A contractor for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) is in the final phases of median cable barrier installation along Interstate 24 in Christian County between the U.S. 41-Alernate Hopkinsville/Ft. Campbell Interchange at Exit 86 and the Kentucky-Tennessee State Line.

The cables are up. However, finish work is continuing. This week the contractor plans to place gravel along the median shoulder to connect the shoulder to the concrete base of the cable barrier. This activity will require a moving lane restriction along the work zone. The contractor will then come back to chip and seal the area along the media shoulder.

This phase will require all traffic to be moved to the right-hand or driving lane in the work zone. Motorists should use extra caution due to trucks moving into and out of the work site.

In Christian County, this work zone begins near the U.S. 41-Alternate Exit 86 interchange at mile point 85.5 and extends to the Kentucky/Tennessee line at mile point 93.4. This section is a continuation of a nearly 16-mile cable barrier installation project in Christian County completed in July of this year.

Placement of median cable barriers is determined by traffic volume and crash data. Kentucky has more than 240 miles of barrier installed or in the process of installation — most of it along interstates and highways in urban areas.

This year, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has budgeted $6.1 million for median barrier installation. The cost per mile averages $140,000 to $150,000 per mile.

The project was awarded to the George B. Stone Company, of Sharpsburg. Completion is expected in mid-October.

KY Road Closure Advisory


I received the following email from the Kentucky Department of Transportation this afternoon. Be advised!

A contractor plans to close US 68/KY 80 at night in downtown Hopkinsville starting Monday, September 22, 2014.

The night closure of US 68/KY 80/West 9th Street in Hopkinsville is to allow construction of a new sanitary sewer manhole.

This closure is in the 300 Block of West 9th Street near the Justice Center. There will be a marked detour.

The work is being scheduled at night to minimize traffic disruptions and is expected to take about two or three days to complete.

Caution is required along the detour route due to increased traffic flow.

This closure is just west of the North Fork Little River Bridge on US 68/KY68-80/West 9th Street.