Road work to disrupt traffic on U.S. 42 in Florence for seven months

FLORENCE, Ky.  - A major road thousands of drivers use everyday is about to become even more of a traffic headache.

Starting Friday, U.S. 42 will be resurfaced between Ewing Boulevard and Mall Road. Work will take seven months.

Forty-thousand cars and trucks pound this pavement daily, and drivers will need to change their habits through October.  

Traffic is already heavy during the morning and afternoon commute, and that's with two lanes in each direction.
   
However, work will restrict traffic to one lane eastbound and one lane westbound during non-peak hours.    
    
Crews will spend the summer replacing deteriorating pavement in the mile-long stretch of road.

"We're replacing all five lanes, but we're also adding a new left turn lane from 42 that will go into Mall Road, so that's going to help with congestion and traffic flow " said Nancy Wood, spokesperson for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.

"And then we're going to have a better, smoother surface to ride on on this highly populated and heavily traveled roadway."

Shakey's Pub and Grill owner Shakey Shaw says he's worried about the impact the restrictions will have on his restaurant over the seven months of construction.

The cost is $5.8 million, but plans don't include widening the bridge over I-75 and many people here say that's the biggest bottleneck of all. 

RELATED:  Get construction updates at http://transportation.ky.gov/district-6/Pages/default.aspx
 

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