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Next Phase of Work Ramping Up on New US 641 Construction Corridor in CRITTENDEN & CALDWELL Counties

Next Phase of Work Ramping Up on New US 641 Construction Corridor in CRITTENDEN & CALDWELL Counties

Bill Stephens

October 19th, 2016

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KYTC NEWS RELEASE

A contractor for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet plans to begin the next phase of work along the New US 641 construction corridor in CRITTENDEN and CALDWELL Counties starting Thursday, October 20, 2016.

With the completion of base cement stabilization on grade and drain work for the New US 641, the next round of work will begin with placement of base material and base layers of asphalt for a 2-lane driving surface. Placement of the base layers along the 6-miles of new highway this fall is aimed at preventing erosion during the winter months. It will also allow paving of the driving surface and construction of connections to the existing roadway to move ahead during the 2017 construction season.

Starting Thursday, motorists should also be alert for trucks hauling gravel and asphalt along existing US 641, as well as along county roads that connect to the New US 641 construction corridor. Initially, much of the truck traffic is expected to access the construction corridor via Crayne Cemetery Road.

Work on diversions for construction of connecting points along existing US 641/Marion-Princeton Road at mile point 4.05 in Caldwell County and mile point 5.7 in Crittenden County near the Coleman Road intersection will start as soon as utilities are moved out of the work zone. Appropriate notice will be provided when that work is ready to move ahead.

While the original design included construction of grade and drain for a 4-lane highway running from Marion through southern Crittenden County to near Fredonia in Caldwell County, the new roadway is being completed as a 2-lane “Super Two” highway as a cost-saving measure.

Rogers Group, Inc., is the prime contractor on this $13.8 million project to complete end connections for the New US 641 and pave 2-lanes of the new roadway. The target completion date is July 1, 2018.

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