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Joe Prather Highway (KY 313) pavement preservation project starts; expect delays

The goal is to preserve existing pavement

A Cape Seal pavement preservation project is underway along KY 313 in Meade County from the Hardin County Line to the intersection with US 60.

The first phase of the project is a Chip Seal treatment of the existing surface. Once the first phase is complete, curing will take a minimum of three days. Motorists should be aware they will be temporarily driving on a surface containing fine gravel until the final phase of the project is complete. The final phase will consist of a thin-layer application of asphalt.

Pavement preservation is high priority for roads throughout the state. With reduced resurfacing budgets, they are using these projects to prolong pavement life and quality at a fraction of the cost of milling and resurfacing. When finished, the Cape Seal will provide an extended lifespan for a stretch of road which would need complete resurfacing within the next few years, otherwise. In recent years, applications of this treatment have been very successful on major roads throughout the district such as US 60 in Breckinridge County, US 68 in Green County and along US 62 in Hardin County.

The speed limit through this work zone is reduced to 25 miles per hour and mobile message boards have been used in days leading up to this work to alert local motorists. Drivers should pay close attention to posted signage and be prepared to stop through the work zone. Flaggers may be present when crews are working. Short delays may be possible.

The project schedule will be impacted by any unfavorable weather conditions.