As frustrating as it is to have the Frederica street exit closed, according to Department of Transportation Communication Liaison Keith Todd, the bypass project is moving right along as planned. “There is always rain this time of year, but we’re hoping it dries up and we can keep on schedule the rest of the summer,” Todd said.
This project is not a part of the I-69/67 corridor. Todd says it’s just a case of some much needed reconstruction, and by that he means the stripping-it-all-the-way-down-to-the-dirt-and-starting-over kind of reconstruction. “In fact, we found out that the concrete we’re taking up is 46 years old. So yes, it was time for some major improvements.”
According to a statement released by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet on March 28th, the KY 81/East Parrish Avenue Exit 11 and US 431/Frederica Street Exit 14 Eastbound Entry and Exit Ramps will be closed “for a couple of months.”
So, it sounds like for at least the summer months, we’re going to have to make accommodations for bypass construction, but when it’s completed, the entire section of US 60 formerly known as “the bypass” will be brand new, starting from the west end of the old bypass to the Horse Fork Creek bridge near 54.
The entire U.S. 60 rehab project has an estimated completion date of Oct. 15, 2015.
Yager Materials of Owensboro is the prime contractor on this $17.7 million highway improvement project.
To help prepare motorists, the Transportation Cabinet will provide notice of these restrictions and ramp closures via traffic advisories as the various traffic restrictions are added. Owensboro Living will keep you posted on the progress.