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Curves to Be Straightened Along Part of KY 17

More than five miles of KY 17 (Madison Pike/Gleason Road) in southern Kenton County will see improvements in the coming months.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet announced on Tuesday that it will start a highway safety improvement project on KY 17 to straighten several curves and to address drop-off areas.

Construction begins Monday, Feb. 18.

The project will focus on several areas along a 5.6-mile section of KY 17 from KY 16 (Walton-Nicholson Pike) to KY 14 (Bracht-Piner Road).  

It will include ditch and shoulder improvements to address drop-off concerns, elevation improvements to correct curve geometry, and pipe replacements and extensions to improve drainage and roadside safety. 

“We are excited to begin construction and to address several areas along KY 17,” said Bob Yeager, chief district engineer for KYTC District 6. “This safety project will improve 13 curves and roadway drop-off areas which will provide a safer road for area residents and commuters.” 

While most of the work will be done using flaggers for traffic control, there will be times when the road will be closed to through traffic between 8:30 a.m. until 2 p.m.  Portable message boards will be in place to give advance notice of closures.

Work is projected to be complete by summer 2019.

Florence-based Riegler Blacktop was awarded the project with its low bid of $1.1 million.

-Staff report

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