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Expect delays on bypass

Drivers on the Whitesburg Bypass should be prepared for delays and lower speed limits starting today, as work begins to repave the highway.

Contractors will begin milling and paving today, and the work is expected to last for three weeks. The speed limit will be reduced during the work, and drivers caught speeding will be subject to double fines in the work zone.

“Work zone crashes are almost always caused by people speeding or not paying attention,” said Sara George, information officer for the Transportation Cabinet’s District 12, “and the people killed or hurt more often than not are the drivers of the vehicles, not the highway workers.”

Ken Mullins, engineering tech with Highway District 12, said the contractor will work from about 7:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. weekdays. Traffic will be one lane, at a reduced speed. Mullins asked that drivers observe the work zone speed limit and the signs that direct traffic.

“ Traffic can move smoothly through the work zone and people will lose very little time if they just merge as soon as it is safe to do so and observe the speed limit. Pay attention to your surroundings. Put down the phone and be aware of what is going on around your vehicle,” Mullins said.

The work will be done between the Rite Aid intersection in West Whitesburg and the Pine Mountain Junction between Pizza Hut and McDonald’s.

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