The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet will begin several preventive maintenance projects in Robertson County, according to Nancy Wood, a spokesperson for KYTC.
“Over the past couple of years, the Commonwealth has taken new approaches to get the most miles out of roads and dollars alike,” said Bob Yeager, chief engineer for district 6. “KYTC has invested $25 million into pavement preservation projects this year. This is the largest investment made in the program since 2007.”
Preventive maintenance is a proactive approach to maintaining Kentucky roads by using treatments beyond traditional asphalt resurfacing. These treatments last up to 60 percent longer than traditional asphalt projects for 30 percent of the cost.
Along with stretching taxpayer dollars, the projects will also provide safe travel for motorists.
Crews plan to start work the week July 30 on Kentucky 165 from U.S. 68 north to Kentucky 1029 for 1.4 miles. The speed will be reduced to 25 miles per hour in the work zone during this project.
The preventive maintenance treatments have a variety of names and different processes: cape seal, scrub seal, chip seal and fog seal. An oil-like emulsion is sprayed onto the pavement, followed by an aggregate that is applied over the surface. This has a curing process (up to two weeks) to allow the stone to set and to let traffic further compact the aggregate materials into the emulsion. The roadway will contain some loose aggregate, and there may be a slight increase in driving noise – both of these issues improve with time and traffic volume.
The roads listed below will also receive preventive maintenance treatments:
— Kentucky 616 (Mount Pleasant Road) from Rye Road to U.S. 62 for 2.5 miles.
— Kentucky 617 (Kentontown Road) from U.S. 62 east for 1.5 miles.
— Kentucky 3198 (Louderback Lane) from U.S. 62 to Kentucky 1504 for 2.2 miles
A schedule for these roads has not be finalized and completion dates will vary, but overall they will be finished by this fall.
The date and duration of this work may be adjusted if inclement weather or other unforeseen delays occur.
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