JACKSON, KY - (Aug. 22, 2007) - Motorists traveling KY 52 in Irvine should be prepared for road construction and possible delays beginning in the next few days, as work begins on a $101,000 bridge repair project.
Preliminary setup work on the project in Estill County to repair the side rails and curbs of the bridge carrying KY 52 across the Kentucky River will get started late this week. During this time, motorists should expect lane closures and possible delays.
Construction on the project will begin after traffic control and signage is established, and will last approximately four weeks. During this time, traffic will be restricted to one lane and controlled by temporary traffic signals on each side of the bridge. Long delays are likely in the vicinity.
Motorists are strongly urged to avoid delays by using KY 499, the Joseph Proctor Memorial Bypass, as an alternate route. This highway and its Kentucky River bridge connect KY 89, Winchester Road, north of Irvine with KY 52, Richmond Road, at West Irvine.
To use this route, motorists driving west on KY 52 from Ravenna or Beattyville should turn right at KY 89 in downtown Irvine and follow KY 89 north past Estill Springs Elementary School, then turn left onto KY 499, then right onto KY 52. Motorists driving east on KY 52 from Waco or Richmond should turn left at the first traffic light onto KY 499, then right onto KY 89 south, then left on KY 52 in downtown Irvine.
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 workers, traffic control devices and construction equipment when traveling in areas where projects are ongoing.