Road constuction will cause detour for cyclists

Jonathan Wright - [email protected]
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The 10th annual Limestone Cycling Tour begins Saturday in Maysville, organizer Paula Ruble and chair of the Limestone Cycling tour said Friday.

There will be four supported routes offered including a 25 and 40-mile loop, a 62 mile – Metric Century and a challenging 100 mile – Century.

All four routes will begin at Limestone Landing in downtown Maysville, traveling west on Kentucky 8 along the Ohio River. Cyclists will be guided by route markings, use phone apps for map guidance, and have rest stops along the way.

The Century route travels through Minerva, Augusta, Germantown, Old Washington, May’s Lick and Orangeburg before returning to downtown Maysville after climbing nearly 6,100 feet during the route.

Allen Blair, spokesperson for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet said road construction will mean cyclists will be experiencing a bit of a detour.

Motorists crossing the Ohio River at Maysville should note the following traffic restrictions:

The northbound to Ohio lane of the U.S. 62-Simon Kenton Memorial Bridge will be closed from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. to allow cyclists on the annual Limestone Cycling Tour ride to cross safely. And, the southbound lane to Kentucky shoulder of the U.S. 68-William Harsha Bridge will be restricted to bicycle traffic.

The Maysville Police Department will be monitoring and controlling traffic at both bridges.

Motorists are also asked to watch for cyclists on Kentucky 8, Kentucky 576 (Tuckahoe Road), Kentucky 3056 (Germantown Road), U.S. 52 in Ohio and other highways throughout the Mason County area during the day Saturday, and to please share the road safely with bicycles.

Under Kentucky law, bicycles are considered vehicles, and cyclists have the same rights and the same responsibilities as motorists.

For more information, see transportation.ky.gov/BikeWalk.

For more about today’s ride, see limestonecyclingtour.com.

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Jonathan Wright

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