HAZARD — After a long period of discussion and planning, work to expand Highway 15 in Perry County will finally begin on Monday, July 25. Motorists can expect pattern changes and significant delays on Highway 15 north of Hazard, as crews perform the construction, which will widen the highway in this area to four lanes.
The stretch of Highway 15 that will be effected by this phase of the project runs from the Morton Blvd. intersection (beside Food City and Applebee’s) to slightly north of the Hal Rogers Parkway intersection (where Papa John’s was located before its recent move).
Lane closures and traffic stops are inevitable, especially during rush hours. Commuters should plan accordingly. As of right now, the Hazard Herald has no word on how long the project will take to complete in this area.
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet urges motorists to slow down as they approach this construction zone and watch for slowed or stopped traffic. Drivers are asked to be aware of workers, traffic control devices and construction equipment when traveling in this and other areas where projects are ongoing.
Updates on this project, including changes in traffic patterns, will be posted to District 10’s Facebook and Twitter accounts using the hashtag #KY15project.
Sam Neace can be reached at 606-629-3243 or on Twitter @HazardHerald.