County highways subject to traffic changes

Published 12:00 am Monday, April 26, 2004

Lawrence County motorists take note: traffic changes are in store this week as road construction crews continue work on various highway projects.

In conjunction with the State Route 7 widening project, travelers will be redirected to new pavement between the 21st Street/East Huntington Bridge and the Judge Ater Bridge at Paddy Creek. This project was postponed during the week of April 19 due to inclement weather.

Motorists may experience intermittent delays, especially during peak travel times. In addition, crews will continue installing drainage pipe in an area just east of the Judge Ater Bridge.

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In conjunction with Phase 1B of the Chesapeake Bypass project, contractors are conducting drainage and embankment work within the construction zone. Bridge construction is also under way. Although construction to relocate State Route 7 is being conducted off the existing highway, motorists may encounter some impact to traffic where crews are entering and exiting the construction site. Residents are also warned of noise and ground vibrations that may occur as a result of blasting operations.

Contractors for a turn-lane construction project on U.S. 52 at Wal-Mart Way in Burlington will continue work this week also. While traffic is being maintained in both directions, motorists

may encounter temporary lane restrictions when crews are working in the construction zone.

Contractors have reduced eastbound traffic to one lane on U.S. 52 in conjunction with a 10-mile four-lane resurfacing project. The project extends from the Coal Grove corporation limit to the intersection of U.S. 52 and State Route 7 near Chesapeake.

Throughout the project, traffic will be maintained in at least one lane in each direction

and a 45-mile-per-hour speed limit is in effect. The completion date for this work is Oct. 31.