All US 60 traffic east of downtown detoured Monday, Tuesday
FLEMINGSBURG – Storm drain construction will require a temporary two-day closure of US 60 east (Main Street) in downtown Grayson next week as part of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s $6 million Carol Malone Boulevard (KY 7/KY 1) widening project.
Beginning at 7 a.m. Monday, Aug. 2, weather permitting, contractors will close all lanes of US 60 on the east side of Carol Malone Boulevard in front of Grayson City Hall. Barricades will be placed across the highway, and the following detour will be marked:
- Westbound US 60 traffic will turn right onto KY 3297 (Robert and Mary Street), continue north to Third Street, then turn left onto Third Street to Carol Malone Boulevard (KY 7/KY 1). Turn left (south) on Carol Malone to return to US 60 west.
- Eastbound US 60 traffic will turn left onto Carol Malone Boulevard, turn right on Third Street, then right onto KY 3297 (Robert and Mary Street) to return to US 60 east.
- Truck traffic and larger commercial vehicles should seek alternate routes.
- Carol Malone Boulevard traffic needing access to US 60 east will be directed to Third Street to follow the detour.
The US 60 detour will remain in effect until Tuesday, Aug. 3, as crews work overnight Monday to install an 18-inch storm drain under US 60 and reconnect downtown manholes at the US 60-Carol Malone intersection.
Work should finish by mid to late afternoon Tuesday, at which time traffic flow on US 60 should return to normal.
During the detour, traffic along KY 3297 and connecting routes could get congested. Delays are likely. Motorists are advised to seek alternate routes if possible.
The Carol Malone Boulevard widening project began in April and is taking place in a 1.5-mile work zone along the four-lane highway from Academic Parkway to the Little Sandy River bridge in Grayson.
All traffic has been shifted into a new three-lane configuration – one lane each direction with a center turn lane – during construction, which will continue through the summer of 2022. The speed limit has been reduced to 25 miles per hour.
Carol Malone Boulevard, which carries KY 7 and KY 1 traffic through downtown Grayson, is an important I-64 connector in Carter County that serves as many as 17,000 vehicles per day. Work to widen it and improve traffic flow began more than 15 years ago.
The project will provide wider travel lanes, improved turning lanes – including an upgraded US 60 (Main Street) intersection with dedicated right and left turn lanes and two through lanes – and other work to reduce congestion and to improve traffic flow and safety along the downtown Grayson highway.
The project is being done under a $5,976,248 low-bid Transportation Cabinet contract awarded to Mountain Enterprises, Inc.