Thursday, May 14, 2015

Island Creek Bridge closed weekend of May 15 for paving on US 23

The Paul “Doodle” Hall Bridge going into Island Creek (KY 1426) off US 23 south of Pikeville will close at 8 p.m. on Friday, May 15, and remain closed to all traffic until 8 a.m. Monday, May 18, so that a new concrete turn lane can be poured for the right turn off US 23 South onto the bridge.

The bridge will also be closed the weekend of June 5-8 so that a new right turn lane out of Island Creek onto US 23 can be poured.

The third turn lane, from US 23 north across US 23 south onto the bridge, is set to be poured June 12-15. It will not require that the bridge itself be closed, but all three parts of this project will require one-lane traffic in the southbound lanes of US 23. Motorists should merge as soon as possible when they see that a lane is closed ahead and should slow down and observe all other signs in the work zone.

“The entire project has a completion date of June 30,” Paxton Weddington said. “However, the bridge should only be closed two weekends, unless weather interferes with the work. If that happens, we ask folks to look for the signs on the highway for information as to when the bridge will be closed.” Weddington is D-12’s branch manager for Project Delivery and Preservation.

During the May 15-18 and June 5-8 weekends, there will be no entry or exit to the bridge; it will be closed to all traffic. People can get to Island Creek through Cedar Creek, KY 1384, Herbie Deskins Highway. Take Cedar Creek Road to the intersection of Cedar Hills Drive, KY 1426, which becomes Island Creek Road just past the Cedar Creek subdivision.

“We apologize for the weekend inconvenience,” Weddington said. “This is construction season. The weather has finally cleared up and we have to make hay while the sun shines, as the old saying goes. This sometimes means we have to close roads and bridges in order to get the work done so that our roads are as safe and easy to travel as we can make them. We know that people understand, and we are grateful for everyone’s patience.”