FLEMINGSBURG, Ky. (Nov. 23, 2016) – A Kentucky Transportation Cabinet project to replace the aging Russell viaduct (KY 244) bridge is on schedule, and could be ready for construction in 18 months.
Following several years of planning and public involvement, engineers have a design for a new KY 244 bridge – a flyover crossing US 23 to link that highway with Bellefonte Street near the touchdown point of the existing bridge.
Plans call for Russell-bound traffic to access the flyover at a new intersection near the existing KY 750 and US 23 intersection, then loop westward around and back over US 23 to connect with Bellefonte Street in downtown Russell.
The project is currently in the right of way and utility relocation phase as Kentucky Department of Highways District 9 staff works to secure needed property for construction.
According to the State Highway Plan, construction is estimated at $14.1 million with work slated to begin in the 2018 fiscal year.
That construction schedule is dependent upon funding availability, letting schedules and successful completion of the right of way and utility relocation phases.
Once the viaduct replacement project is complete, the old Russell viaduct bridge will be removed. The existing intersection would then become a three-way intersection serving only traffic on US 23 north and south and the new Ironton-Russell Bridge.
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