FLEMINGSBURG, Ky. – Continued work to widen US 60 between Coalton and Cannonsburg will require new traffic patterns – including a KY 5 detour – this winter in Boyd County.
Beginning at noon on Monday, Nov. 21, contractors will make the following traffic changes along the US 60 corridor:
- All US 60 traffic will shift to new pavement east of I-64 at Coalton, from the BP station to Princeland Estates. Eastbound traffic coming from the interstate will be diverted right into new travel lanes. Westbound traffic coming from Cannonsburg will be diverted left just past Princeland.
- All KY 5 traffic will be detoured slightly west using Princess Drive and a temporary US 60 intersection while the existing intersection is closed for reconstruction. Motorists should use caution as the temporary KY 5-US 60 intersection will be smaller with narrower lanes.
- Princess Drive will be reconnected to US 60 with a new bridge, and will follow the same traffic pattern as the KY 5 detour. (The Princess Drive intersection had been closed since spring.)
In case of inclement weather or construction issues, the traffic changes could be delayed.
All traffic changes will remain in place through this winter and into spring as construction continues along US 60 from I-64 at Coalton to the KY 180 intersection at Cannonsburg.
Motorists should also watch for intermittent flagged traffic, narrow travel lanes, and speed limit changes, as well as lane shifts and width restrictions. Large commercial vehicles or those over 11 feet wide should detour using KY 180 and I-64 at Cannonsburg (Exit 185). Please use caution and watch for construction vehicles and equipment entering and exiting the highway.
The work is part of the Transportation Cabinet’s $45.7 million upgrade of US 60 that will transform four miles of the old, narrow road between Cannonsburg and Coalton into a straighter, three-lane-style highway.
Improvements include two wider thru-traffic lanes, center and right-turn lanes, and paved shoulders as well as better KY 5 and KY 180 intersections, and replacement of three aging bridges.
Once complete, the project will improve safety, relieve traffic congestion, and enhance regional connectivity along the heavily traveled route, which feeds 12,000 vehicles a day into downtown Ashland as well as to and from shopping centers, the local landfill, and the Paul Coffey Industrial Park.