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PIONEER VILLAGE -- Work will begin on the second phase of the expansion and realignment of Highway 61 in Bullitt County.
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet recently awarded a contract to Flynn Brothers Contracting to continue the widening of Preston Highway.
The work would begin this week, weather permitting.
"This project will improve safety and reduce congestion on Kentucky 61 by widening the roadway from two lanes to four lanes," said Matt Bullock, chief district engineer for the Department of Highways District 5 in Loiusville. "Turning lanes will also be constructed at various intersections which will greatly improve the flow of traffic."
Initially, the work will include clearing some trees and brush along the 1.5-mile project. Utility relocation is already underway.
The $12.4 million project will begin at the John Harper Highway and continue south to Hillbrook Drive, which is the entrance of Ruhl Acres subdivision.
The third phase would go from Hillbrook Drive to Conestoga Parkway in Shepherdsville.
The final stage would take the road improvements from Conestoga Parkway to Highway 44.
Those final two sections are part of the governor's six-year road proposal.
During the construction of the new road, Highway 61 would remain open.
Possible lane closures would be from 7 p.m. until 6 a.m.
The work is slated to be completed by November 2015.
The first phase brought lanes to the John Harper Highway from the north. Currently, traffic going toward Interstate 65 use the new road.
Motorists continuing south on Highway 61 are using the old pavement.
Magistrate Joe Laswell told those in attendance at the January Pioneer Village city council meeting about the road project.
He complimented various individuals for their support in making the project possible.
The announcement of the long-awaited project drew applause for those in attendance.