US 31W work zone scheduled to move north on Oct. 2 - WDRB 41 Louisville News

US 31W work zone scheduled to move north on Oct. 2

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The first section of asphalt pavement replacement on US 31W (Dixie Highway) is wrapping up this week. Soon contract crews will move north to begin the next phase of work.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) is overseeing a $14.5 million contract for pavement replacement on US 31W (Dixie Highway) in Jefferson County between Stonegate Manor Drive and Greenwood Road (mile points 6.6 to 11.7).

Work began in mid-August on the section of US 31W between Stonegate Manor Drive and Bethany Lane. This first construction phase will be completed by week’s end and a traffic shift on the next section of pavement is scheduled for Friday evening, October 2.

Crews will move the work zone north on US 31W between Bethany Lane and Valley Station Road (mile points 7.7 to 8.6).  Lane shifts will begin after 9:00 p.m. on Friday and the new traffic pattern will be in place by 10:00 a.m. on Saturday morning. This phase of construction is scheduled for completion by mid-November.

This project involves removing the asphalt down to the original concrete pavement. An intermediate material is being installed as a means to prevent reflective cracking between the concrete and asphalt layers. Base and surface layers of asphalt are being paved to complete the roadway.

The project is divided into four sections of work on US 31W:

·         Stonegate Manor Drive to Bethany Lane (mile points 6.6 to 7.7)
·         Bethany Lane to Valley Station Road (mile points 7.7 to 8.6)
·         Valley Station Road to West Pages Lane (mile points 8.6 to 10.5)
·         West Pages Lane to Greenwood Road (mile points 10.5 to 11.7)

Contract crews are removing the existing asphalt, installing the intermediate layer and repaving the roadway in each section before moving to the next one.

During daytime hours, two lanes of traffic will be maintained in each direction on US 31W. Lane closures will occur on weeknights in the northbound direction from 9 p.m. until 6 a.m. Closure times for the southbound direction are from 9 p.m. until 8 a.m. Weekend lane closures are permitted from 9 p.m. until 10 a.m. the following morning on Fridays and Saturdays.

Motorists do not have access to the continuous center turn lane in the work zone along US 31W. This turning lane as well as the shoulders on both sides of the road is being used to accommodate traffic shifts. Left turning lanes are being provided at the signalized intersections.

While the entire project will not be complete until summer 2016, motorists will have access to all five lanes of US 31W during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday season and the winter months. Traffic will be returned to its normal configuration between November 15 and April 1.

Hall Contracting of Kentucky, Inc. was awarded this contract with construction scheduled for completion by June 30, 2016.

The date and duration of this work may be adjusted if inclement weather or other unforeseen delays occur.  

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