The resurfacing of U.S. 60, one of the busiest traffic arteries in Central Kentucky, is nearing completion.
The stretch from New Circle Road in Fayette County to Martha Layne Collins Blue Grass Parkway in Woodford County still requires some minor work, according to the state Department of Highways District 7 office in Lexington.
Some ditching, signal work, and sign and lighting installation remains to be done on that 6.4-mile section, but all lanes are open. Initial work began in February; the scheduled completion date was Dec. 1.
Meanwhile, resurfacing remains to be finished on the 7-mile section from U.S. 62 near Versailles to the Franklin County line. Work on that section began in March.
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The two eastbound lanes are open to traffic, although some signs and rumble strips must be finished on that side.
Only one westbound lane is open to traffic while the final surface is laid.
Perhaps no one is happier to see the road work wrapping up than the folks at Keeneland Race Course, where the fall meet for Thoroughbred racing begins next week, on Oct. 4.
"The state, city and the contractors on this project worked with us from the outset to minimize any inconveniences and we greatly appreciate their efficiency in completing the project prior to October," said Vince Gabbert, vice president and chief operating officer for the track. "The completed work greatly enhances the corridor, and we are hopeful that it will provide easier ingress and egress for our patrons."
Between 38,000 and 42,000 vehicles travel U.S. 60 each day, according to average daily traffic counts.