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North Miles widening coming to an end

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Final paving should be complete this week

By Marty Finley

Although weather delays slowed construction, state highway officials said an end to the widening of North Miles Street in Elizabethtown is near.

The bulk of the construction — undertaken to widen the corridor of North Miles between Pear Orchard Road and Ring Road — should be finished by the end of the week, said Chris Jessie, public information officer for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 4 office in Elizabethtown.

Jessie said crews should finish the final layer of paving by Friday if rain does not further alter the schedule.

In August, Jessie estimated work would wrap within a few weeks as crews tackled final slope work, sign placement and pavement striping. However, he said frequent bouts of rain hampered schedules and crippled expected plans.

“It’s been such a wet summer,” he said.

As winter weather approaches, Jessie said crews around the state are scurrying to put final coats of asphalt in place and top off the finishing flourishes on major projects.

“We’re getting to the end of the season,” he said. “We’ve simply got to get it done.”

Construction on North Miles was valued at $7.2 million. The project in its entirety has been estimated to cost between $12 and $14 million with the layout mimicking North Miles between Pear Orchard Road and West Dixie Avenue once finished.

The state labeled the widening of North Miles Street a high priority and state Rep. Jimmie Lee, D-Elizabethtown, has said it will improve the look of the area and quality of the road. City officials, meanwhile, expect the widened road to ease some of the heavy traffic flow on French Street and Pear Orchard Road.

Once paving is laid, the project will be finished for all practical purposes to the eyes of the average motorist, Jessie said. Crews may have to return to complete some touch-up grading or sowing to round out the project, he said.

Marty Finley can be reached at 270-505-1762 or mfinley@thenewsenterprise.com.