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All lanes US 62 at Maysville now open after $4.4 million rebuild
Posted: 9-Sep-2015 1:44PM CDT
Topics: [Mason County] [US 62]

From Kentucky Department of Highways District 9 (Aug. 7, 2015):

All lanes US 62 at Maysville now open after $4.4 million rebuild

Improvement provides new 3-mile conduit for 17,000 vehicles


FLEMINGSBURG, Ky. (August 7, 2015) – Traffic patterns returned to normal today along US 62 at Maysville, the city’s primary downtown access route, as contractors finished the bulk of a $4.4 million Kentucky Transportation Cabinet upgrade of the four-lane state highway.


The upgrade rebuilt 1.2 miles of US 62 from the ground up, removing aging sub-surface concrete and repaving with nearly 14 inches of new asphalt to provide a smoother, more stable driving surface from the AA Highway to Moody Drive and on a shorter section from Fourth Street to Forest Avenue.

Joined with a past upgrade of US 62’s downtown hill section, the project supplies the city with a much-improved, 3-mile conduit for more than 17,000 motorists – and countless residents, businesses and industries from Lexington to Mason County to Ohio – that rely on it each day, said Bart Bryant, Chief District Engineer for Kentucky Department of Highways District 9, whose engineering team oversaw the work.


“We want to thank the residents of Maysville and the traveling public for their patience and cooperation over the last four months as they have contended with one-lane traffic and detours at times,” Bryant said. “And, we applaud our contractors and staff for their efforts to keep traffic flowing during such a complicated and massive rebuild.


“By working together, we now have a state highway that will serve current and future traffic needs and that can be more easily and efficiently maintained.”


The project started in late March when crews from Eaton Asphalt Paving Company Inc., which was awarded a $4.4 million, low-bid Transportation Cabinet contract for the job, began a series of two-foot-deep digs to rebuild US 62 one lane at a time.


Contractors used message boards, flaggers and visited residents and businesses when possible to keep the public informed of the frequent traffic changes required. The state’s District 9 team used an ongoing media campaign and project-focused Twitter account with text alerts to provide updates.


A dedicated Web page provided a timeline of each phase of the project as well as detailed information about the highway rebuilding process. To learn more, visithttp://bit.ly/US62Rebuild.


While traffic is now flowing in all four lanes and the majority of the project is complete, motorists should note that final touch-up or corrective work could occur over the next few weeks. However, traffic impacts for those operations are expected to be minimal and limited to brief shoulder or single lane closures in work areas.


In addition, nearly $2.5 million in paving, guardrail replacement and other improvements on US 68 in Mason County between Washington and May’s Lick, on the AA Highway from Maysville to Tollesboro, and on other state routes in Mason County remain ongoing.


Motorists should continue to watch message boards, heed warning signs and flaggers in all work zones.


Traffic information is available on the Web at http://Transportation.Ky.Gov/District-9 or by following Kentucky Department of Highways District 9 on social media athttp://Facebook.com/KYTCDistrict9 or http://Twitter.com/KYTCDistrict9.

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