Richmond drivers traveling along the US 25 construction path beginning at Kroger will take a slight detour later this week, according to a Kentucky Highway Department spokesperson.
The newly paved portion will begin being used Thursday so workers may begin construction on the remaining portion of the current project to widen the road to five lanes, said Shawn Russell, Richmond supervisor for the state highway department.
“If you heading south toward Duncannon Lane, you will be going to the right,” he said. Drivers along headed north will detour slightly to the left.
“They need to be able to put some traffic over there so they’ll be able to work on the side that currently has traffic on it,” Russell said.
The project will consist of five lanes when finished.
“You’re going to have two lanes in each direction and a center lane will be a turning lane,” he said. “There will be sidewalks on both sides and a bike lane in the roadway on both sides.”
Work on the first portion of the widening project, which will end at Pumpkin Run (South Pointe Subdivision) will continue into and throughout the winter months, Russell said.
“It’s progressing fairly well, and everything’s gone as planned,” he said. “There’s a lot of work they can do (in the cold, winter months). They can place sidewalk, lay pipe, and they’re also working on a culvert out there.”
The second phase will go to the Duncannon Lane intersection, and the last phase will continue to the US 421/US 25 split.
Russell urges drivers to be cautions during this change.
“Drivers are going to want to pay attention to their signs, but it won’t be a huge change,” he said.
Berea’s US 25 N widening comes closer to reality, changes appreciated by those affected
Business and homeowners to be affected by the widening of US 25 North from the Berea Bypass to Ellipse Street filled Berea City Hall’s Community Room Sept. 27 to view a redesign.
State Transportation Cabinet representatives met individually with business and property owners on the highway who were concerned the original five-lane plan would drastically cut, if not eliminate customer parking spaces for some businesses and infringe upon residential yards and driveways.
“Everyone seems to be receptive to having three lanes instead of five,” said Berea City Administrator Randy Stone.
Slight changes were recommended regarding certain entrances along the path, and the state is considering those, Stone said.
Taking time and resources to resubmit a plan based on community feedback is something Stone said the State Transportation Cabinet rarely does, but “The majority (of business and property owners) were not receptive to the original plan,” he said. “So, the state took another look at the plan.”
The project’s timeline remains a total prediction at the moment.
“We’re waiting on the final acceptance from the state and the release of funds,” Stone said. “It’s a very well thought-out project. It’s designed to fit the needs of the area and it’s a much-needed project. I think the plan itself is very adequate and will be a big asset.”
The original design was a five-lane highway with a center turn lane, a 10-foot wide, shared-use path on one side and a 5-foot wide sidewalk on the other side.
Project construction was scheduled to begin this summer, but because of the redesign, Stone predicts the project to begin in the summer of 2013. The original five-lane plan was estimated to cost about $3 million, but the redesign will cost a bit more. Stone said Monday he was unsure of the three-lane design cost.
Ronica Shannon can be reached at rshannon@
Project continues in Richmond; Berea’s to begin summer 2013
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Bee-ing in the know
Bee lovers were buzzing around Eastern Kentucky University this week for the Eastern Apicultural Society’s 2014 conference.
Hobbyists, scientists and apiarists traveled from as far as Canada, France and New Zealand, as well as many states, to spend the week exploring numerous aspects of bees.
Store employee charged with taking $10,000
Tanya R. Horn, 33, of Darlene Court, pilfered $10,196 in cash from Posh Tots on Meridian Way over the course of two years, according to a Richmond Police report.
Madison County Fair paid admissions total 10,000 by Tuesday
Approximately 10,000 people had purchased tickets to the Madison County Fair by Tuesday evening, Billy Tudor, fair board president said Wednesday morning.
The count does not include Sunday’s Family Fun Day, which offered free admission, Tudor said.
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Airport getting $600,000 in federal funds
On July 14, Gov. Steve Beshear announced the Madison Airport and the Eastern Kentucky University aviation program would be receiving $1.1 million for expanded and improved facilities.
On Wednesday, U.S. Rep. Andy Barr, R-Sixth District, announced the airport also would benefit from $600,000 in Federal Aviation Administration funds.
Veggies going on the grill Saturday
The Madison County Farmers Market will demonstrate Saturday that fresh garden vegetables can go on the grill as well as in a salad.
The Madison County Extension Service staff, along with members of the extension homemakers clubs, will be on hand to show market customers how tasty grilled vegetables can be, said Gina Noe, extension agent for family and consumer sciences.
Stumbo says McConnell ‘handpicked’ leader of coal association
Democratic Speaker of the House Greg Stumbo said Wednesday there’s an obvious reason the president of the Kentucky Coal Association has publicly defended Republican U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell’s support of the coal industry.
Berea utility doubles solar farm, again
Berea Municipal Utilities started its solar farm in October 2011 with 60 panels. In less that five days, all were leased.
Another 60, which became operational in June 2012, were leased in less than four months.
Now, the farm again has doubled, with the addition of 126 panels that are ready for leasing, said Steve Boyce, a retired Berea College professor who has been involved with the program since its inception.
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10th Quilt Extravaganza is Friday, Saturday
Displays of quilts by men, baby quilts, the Grandmother’s Flower Garden pattern, an exhibit of feed sack fabric, ongoing demonstrations, and a vendors market are features of the 10th Berea Quilt Extravaganza Friday and Saturday at Berea Community School off Ellipse Street.
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