FLOYD COUNTY — Paving work is set to take place on a six-mile stretch of U.S. 23 in Floyd County next week.
According to a statement from Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Highway District 12 in Pikeville, motorists on U.S. 23 in Floyd County should see traffic control devices and signs set up this week from the Pike County line to the mouth of Ivy Creek. According to Matt Moore, KYTC District 12 Section Engineer, a paving project starts next week on this six-mile-plus section of the highway. Mountain Enterprises won the low-bid contract at $4.268 million.
According to the statement, the four lanes of U.S. 23 from the Pike County line (mile point 0.0) to the mouth of Ivy Creek (mile point 6.54) will be reduced to one lane in each direction. The speed limit will be reduced to 45 mph with double fines imposed for violations.
Milling and paving includes all four lanes, north and southbound, as well as the highway shoulders and median, the statement said. The work is weather-dependent and is expected to take several weeks.
“In an effort to reduce our footprint and minimize traffic impacts, the project is planned in two approximately equal sections,” Moore explained.
According to the statement, the first section, where work begins next week, starts at the Pike County line and extends north approximately three miles to Stanville near Cardinal Country Store.
When the contractor completes the first section, the statement said, traffic control will move to the remaining 3-plus miles, from Stanville to the mouth of Ivy Creek.
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Source: Mountain Top