BONNYMAN — Road construction to broaden Hwy. 15 near Hazard has expanded. On Feb. 21, the road crew began shifting traffic patterns on Hwy. 15 between the cutoff for Typo and the cutoff for Lower 2nd Creek. Hwy. 15 in this area is now strictly a two-lane road, whereas it typically offered a passing lane for vehicles traveling north past Ride Center USA and the Bonnyman post office, along with a passing lane for vehicles traveling south from the Lower 2nd Creek turnoff to the Bonnyman post office. Motorists should be advised those passing lanes are currently not available on that stretch of road and construction will be taking place, which at times, could cause traffic stoppage.
Folks living in the Lower 2nd Creek community should take note of this change because many of them pull onto Hwy. 15 toward Hazard expecting there to be a passing lane available for oncoming traffic. Approaching motorists do not have the option of using the passing lane to avoid vehicles pulling out of Lower 2nd Creek now. Drivers need to keep this in mind. The cutoff lane for pulling into Lower 2nd Creek from Hwy. 15 remains in place.
Construction also continues on Hwy. 15 from the Hal Rogers Parkway intersection to Morton Blvd. So, in essence, the overall Hwy. 15 construction zone now stretches from Lower 2nd Creek to Morton Blvd., where Food City is located.
The Hwy. 15 expansion project began in July. When it is finished, the area currently under construction will be a four-lane highway. Updates on this project, including changes in traffic patterns, are posted to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s District 10 Facebook and Twitter accounts using the hashtag #KY15project. The District 10 Facebook page can be seen by logging onto www.facebook.com/KYTCDistrict10. The website for District 10 is transportation.ky.gov/district-10.
Sam Neace can be reached at 606-629-3243 or on Twitter @HazardHerald.