Bridge repairs, resurfacing project under way on U.S. 42

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Expect delays while commuting into, out of Carrollton for several weeks

By Phyllis McLaughlin


The News-Democrat

After a beautiful summer without a lot of road construction, the state Department of Transportation is back, bringing traffic congestion to two main arteries into and out of Carrollton.

Workers have returned to the Kentucky River Bridge connecting Carrollton’s west side to Prestonville and beyond. Carroll County Judge-Executive Harold “Shorty” Tomlinson said crews started work on the bridge on Monday. Crews will be replacing bearings on the bridge and making joint repairs, as well as replacing the bridge deck, Tomlinson said.

The bridge will be reduced to one lane of traffic throughout the project, which Tomlinson said is expected to last three to four weeks.

Flaggers are to be on duty during rush hour, from 7-9 a.m. and 3-5 p.m. weekdays. The temporary traffic light will be in place the rest of the day and night.

A few miles east on U.S. 42, state crews have started preparing four-and-a-half miles of highway for repaving.

Tomlinson said crews will be milling the road and removing reflectors through Thursday from Dow Corning to the Ghent city limits.

Milling will probably continue through Thursday of this week. The entire resurfacing project is expected to be completed by Sept. 19, he said.

“I know it’s going to be aggravating at times, but we do need the work done,” Tomlinson said. He urged all drivrs to be especially careful driving through the work zones.