us 231 wkp interchangeOHIO COUNTY, Ky. (8/13/19) — A contractor for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet plans to begin work at the Wendell H. Ford Western Kentucky Parkway/U.S. 231 Beaver Dam Exit 75 interchange in Ohio County starting Monday, Aug. 19. The project, aimed at replacing the Western Kentucky Parkway/U.S. 231 overpass, will include significant work zone traffic shifts. It will also include restrictions for traffic on U.S. 231 at the interchange and a traffic shift for westbound traffic on the parkway.

This work zone will require all westbound parkway traffic to take the exit ramp to the U.S. 231 intersection. Motorists who wish to continue westbound on the parkway will then have to re-enter the parkway using the exit 75 entry ramp. A temporary traffic signal will control traffic flow on the ramps and along U.S. 231.

Work will initially include overnight closures of U.S. 231 at the Exit 75 interchange. These overnight closures will run from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. (CDT) for three nights to allow demolition of the existing overpass. There will be no marked detour during these closures.

Message boards have been placed near the work zone to alert motorists about the project. Eastbound traffic on the Western Kentucky Parkway and the eastbound U.S. 231 entry and exit ramps will function normally.

The initial round of work for this bridge rehabilitation project will replace the superstructure and deck of the parkway’s westbound overpass. The contractor will use the existing support structure. Replacement of the main bridge structure will allow improved clearance for U.S. 231.

This rehab work is required to be completed by December 15. The contractor will then return to the work zone in spring 2020 for similar rehabilitation work on the eastbound overpass.

In an average day, approximately 10,000 vehicles travel this section of the Western Kentucky Parkway, and about 7,500 vehicles travel this section of U.S. 231.

Intech Contracting, LLC, is the prime contractor on this $4,616,966 group bridge rehabilitation and deck maintenance project. The contract also includes deck overlay work on the Western Kentucky Parkway bridge over Lewis Creek at mile point 69.7, the Western Kentucky Parkway/KY 369 overpass at mile point 72.4, the Western Kentucky Parkway overpass over Interstate 165 at mile point 76.7, and the Western Kentucky Parkway overpass over KY 2713 at mile point 86.7. Deck work at these locations will be scheduled at a later date. The target completion date for all work in this group contract is Aug. 30, 2020.

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Information by Keith Todd

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