Drivers Alerted to Traffic Pattern Change on KY 11-15 in Powell County

JACKSON, Ky. - (Oct. 1, 2007) - Drivers who use KY 11 and KY 15 between Slade and Stanton in Powell County should be aware of a traffic pattern change due to a bridge replacement project near Nada.

Traffic has been diverted to a temporary bridge to carry KY 11 and KY 15 across the Middle Fork of the Red River. The existing bridge will be removed and replaced with a new $1.3 million span. The project location is 0.3 miles east of KY 1639, between Nada and Bowen.

The speed limit through the construction zone is 45 mph. Drivers are urged to slow down and obey the advisory speed signs posted in the construction zone. The configuration of the temporary bridge and the detour route involves curves and a dip in the roadway, meaning a reduction in normal traveling speed will be necessary to safely negotiate the detour.

Motorists are advised to be alert to the possibility of encountering stopped traffic during the construction.

Construction activities are scheduled on a tentative basis and are subject to change depending on weather conditions. Motorists are asked to "Drive Smart" in work zones and be aware of flaggers, workers, traffic control devices and construction equipment when traveling in areas where projects are ongoing. The project is expected to be completed next summer.

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