Contractor removing barriers; final sign installation under way
LAWRENCE COUNTY (August 10, 2020) – KY 2565 at Dead Man’s Curve in Louisa officially opens for traffic this afternoon, Monday, August 10, according to Doug Wright, Paintsville Section Engineer for KYTC Highway District 12.
Vandals removed work zone barriers several times in recent weeks, including this past weekend, which made people think the new intersection was already open. “Not only did this delay the official opening,” Wright said, “it created an unsafe situation for anyone driving through the work zone. Road work may appear to the lay person to be finished when it is not.”
That is why Wright said this official announcement is necessary. “People have been confused several times recently because some people have taken it upon themselves to remove signs and barriers, essentially opening the road illegally.”
Final work finished last week and this morning included setting bridge guardrail, installation of permanent signs, removal of work zone signage and traffic control devices, and general cleanup of the construction area.
The contractor, Mountain Enterprises, removed the curve and created a three-way intersection. The project started on October 8, 2019 and cost $1,037,727.65.