New traffic signal at 9th and Main


By OJ Stapleton - ostapleton@newsdemocratleader.com



Chris Cooper|NDL Workers were not present on Thursday morning as heavy rain stopped construction of the new traffic signal at the corner of 9th and Main streets in Russellville.


The intersection at 9th Street and South Main Street in Russellville has seen traffic slowed as worker from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KTC) have been digging up the street.

The project is a traffic signal rebuild and crews have been installing a conduit within the roadway for the new signal.

Contract crews began working on the project August 15.

The existing diagonal span signal will be replaced with signal heads mounted to mast arm poles that will span lanes on 9th Street and South Main Street.

Motorists should anticipate a one lane roadway controlled by flaggers through the work zone.

According to the KTC, contract completion is set for November of 2016.

The traffic signal rebuild contract, which also includes the intersection of North Broadway/Columbia Avenue (US 68) and East Front Street in Barren County, was awarded to T E M Group, Inc. for an amount of $265,578.47.

There are two other state road projects under way this week in Logan County as well.

On U.S. 68/KY 80 s micro resurfacing project will take place in Logan County and going into Todd County. Motorists can expect lane closures from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

And also excavation activities will continue on the Russellville Southern Bypass just West of KY 100. The temporary diversion of Herndon Road will be opened for use while the permanent approach is being constructed. Contract crews will also be working on the concrete culvert near the U.S. 79/U.S. 431 intersection.

The Southern Bypass work has been ongoing for months after the bid was accepted for the project in December.

The road will cost $12,824,638.69, which is more than $3 million less than the estimates given to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet by the engineers working on the project.

“This project represents the last remaining section of the Russellville bypass and has been many years in the making,” said Greg Meredith, chief district engineer, of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 3 Office in Bowling Green. “This loop around the city will provide safety and mobility enhancements for all the citizens of Logan and surrounding Counties, particularly in terms of truck traffic. This is likely the most significant highway project in Logan County since the widening of US 68/80 and one that will have a lasting impact on the future of the community.”

The project is scheduled to be completed late fall of 2017.

This southern bypass section is from US 79 to KY 100 and will be approximately 4.5 miles long. The roadway will feature two lanes with turning lanes at the intersections. Right-of-way was acquired for an ultimate four-lane divided highway for future build when the need arises.

The Russellville bypass began with the first section which connected US 79 west to US 431 north that let out to bid in 1991. The second section let out to bid in 1994 connected US 431 north to US 68 east and the first two-lane section of the southern bypass from KY 100 to US 68 east was let in 2010.

Chris Cooper|NDL Workers were not present on Thursday morning as heavy rain stopped construction of the new traffic signal at the corner of 9th and Main streets in Russellville.
http://newsdemocratleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/web1_DSC_0876-1.jpgChris Cooper|NDL Workers were not present on Thursday morning as heavy rain stopped construction of the new traffic signal at the corner of 9th and Main streets in Russellville.

By OJ Stapleton

ostapleton@newsdemocratleader.com

To contact OJ Stapleton, email ostapleton@newsdemocratleader.com or call 270-726-8394.

To contact OJ Stapleton, email ostapleton@newsdemocratleader.com or call 270-726-8394.

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