The state’s contractor on the Ky. 272 Little River Bridge Project has estimated that the new bridge will be ready to open sometime around the end of July. Due to the work required to tie the new approaches in with the existing roadway, Ky. 272 will have to be closed at the site for several weeks to facilitate that work.
The transportation cabinet will issue appropriate advisories to the driving public when that schedule is finalized, Keith Todd, public information officer for the Department of Highways District One and Two, said in a press release last week.
The project at Ky. 272 is near the 6 mile marker between Glenwood Mill Road and Sinking Fork Road in southern Trigg County. Jim Smith Contracting is the prime contractor on this $3.1 million highway improvement project.
As for road work through LBL, Todd said approximately half of the project should be completed this year.
“By the end of July we expect traffic on the western half of the US 68-Ky. 80 LBL Corridor Project to be moved over to the new lanes that have been constructed for eastbound traffic,” Todd said in the release. “That will allow the existing roadway to be replaced with new lanes that will eventually carry westbound traffic.”
The US Forest Service has asked that the contractor complete and open the new four-lane section of US 68-Ky. 80/Canton Road to traffic from Eggner’s Ferry Bridge to Gatehouse Road, located near the LBL Golden Pond Welcome Center, by November.
“KYTC engineers believe the contractor is on track to meet that request,” Todd said. “Once work is complete on this section, the contractor can turn their attention to the eastern half of the project that runs from the Canton Bridge to Gatehouse Road.”
Additionally, a contractor for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is extending construction work into nighttime hours along the U.S. 68/Ky. 80 corridor in the Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area. Motorists can now expect to encounter construction in this extended work zone 24 hours a day, seven days a week. That extension of hours began Monday and includes construction equipment and trucks crossing through existing traffic lanes of US 68/Ky. 80 in LBL.
Flagging stations will be set up with light towers to improve safety during the night work. A flagger will be located about a mile east of The Trace, near the top of the hill just east of the fire tower. Another flagger station will be set up near the gun range entrance at the bottom of the hill. This is on US 68 between the 3 and 4 mile markers.
This traffic control arrangement will be halted for the July 4th Holiday weekend. Construction and operation of the flagger stations will resume Monday and continue 24/7 from that point.
All LBL facilities are open and operating on normal schedules. Construction work is being phased to maintain public access to all LBL attractions.
Visitors to LBL and commuters who travel through LBL on the U.S. 68/Ky. 80 corridor should be aware of this change in traffic control. Travelers along U.S. 68/Ky. 80 through LBL will continue to encounter construction vehicles parked along the highway and traveling along the corridor in the work zone. Appropriate caution is required through this busy work zone due to construction personnel and equipment being in close proximity to passing traffic.