By Frank Lewis
October 2, 2013
PDT Staff Writer
A multi-million dollar upgrade is coming to U.S. 23 in Greenup County. State Representative Tanya Pullin announced on Wednesday a major safety upgrade to that highway. Pullin said the project, which will run 29 miles from the state line at the U.S. Grant Bridge in South Portsmouth to the Greenup/Boyd County line, and will upgrade the entire length of U.S. 23 with paved, wider shoulders, additional turn lanes, wider entrance and exit pads, and acceleration lanes.
“We’re doing a major upgrade to U.S. 23 all the way through Greenup County,” Pullin told the Daily Times in an exclusive interview. “Construction is going to start this week, so that, from the time you get off the bridge to the Greenup/Boyd County line, it’s a multi-million project. It’s going to pave the shoulders, add over 20 acceleration lanes, it’s a huge upgrade.”
Pullin said her memory of the creation of U.S. 23 goes back to when her grandparents’ house was taken as a part of the project.
“This is the biggest safety upgrade to U.S. 23 in Greenup County since the four-lane was built approximately 40 years ago,” Pullin said.
In addition to widening shoulders, the project includes additional or extended turn lanes at 20 intersections along U.S. 23, which were chosen on safety factors such as traffic volume and type of traffic entering the highway. Pullin said U.S. 23 is the largest highway in Greenup County and nearly all citizens of the county use the road for a variety of daily activities, such as shopping, visiting the doctor or hospital, or traveling to work or high school.
“Governor Beshear has been with us all the way on this important project and I have thanked him on behalf of all people who travel this highway for the years of safer driving in the future,” Pullin said.
Representative Pullin has also asked for the public to be patient and drive with caution during the construction phase, which will begin immediately and last for about two months.
“Please allow extra travel time and be cautious around the highway construction workers,” she said. “These workers are someone’s dad or mom or son or daughter.”
Those in the Kentucky capital recognized Pullin’s work on the project.
“Highway upgrades like this one for U.S. 23 in Greenup County not only make travel easier, they make travel safer,” Beshear said. “Rep. Tanya Pullin should be commended for her hard work on behalf of the citizens of Greenup County. The multiple enhancements to this heavily-traveled highway will benefit Greenup County citizens and the surrounding region for years to come.”
Locations where work will be done include:
• Extended turn lane northbound U.S. 23 and median acceleration lane southbound U.S. 23 at Musketeer Drive (Greenup County High School)
• Additional lane on KY 10 (AA) approaching U.S. 23 to accommodate traffic movements
• Turn lanes at KY 3116
• Turn lanes at KY 1043
• Turn lanes at KY 3117
• Turn lane at KY 2538
• Turn lanes at Biggs Lane
• Turn lanes at Kings Addition and McKell Lane
• Right turn lane at Bulldog Lane
• Left turn median lane southbound U.S. 23 into McKell Elementary School
• Turn lanes at KY 7
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