- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

July 28—HENDERSON, Ky. — Zion Road/Kentucky 351 reopened to traffic just west of Zion on Monday afternoon after being closed for nearly five months for reconstruction, according to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.

However, the cabinet said another contractor was to close the exit and entrance ramps on the westbound side of the Audubon Parkway at the Zion/Kentucky 1078 at 7 p.m. Monday.

The ramps will be rebuilt as part of ongoing rehabilitation work along the Audubon. The ramp closures had been delayed because Kentucky 1078 and the Audubon served as the official detour for Kentucky 351 while it was closed.

The westbound ramps are expected to be closed for approximately two weeks.

There will be a marked detour starting at the Kentucky 416/Hebbardsville exit leading to Kentucky 351, then westward on Kentucky 351 toward Zion and Henderson.

This work zone has two-way traffic running along the eastbound lanes to allow the contractor to work along the westbound lanes.

Hall Contracting is the prime contractor on this $12.3 million Audubon improvement project. The anticipated completion date is Oct. 31.

The now-completed construction project on Kentucky 351 near Zion resulted in the realignment of two curves that the Transportation Cabinet had determined to be dangerous.

The cabinet said Hazex Construction, the contractor on the $1.8 million project, managed to complete its work weeks ahead of schedule despite what it said has been the region’s second-rainiest year on record.

“We appreciate everyone who endured the inconvenience of having to detour during this reconstruction of KY 351,” KYTC District 2 Chief Engineer Kevin McClearn said in a statement. “This highway improvement project will enhance the safety of everyone who travels this section of Zion Road. In addition to realigning curves at this location, the new roadway has wider shoulders and other improvements.”

The curve reconstruction project included a substantial amount of earthwork, with several deep cuts totaling 21,000 cubic yards of material to improve sight lines as well as construction of a bridge, a large culvert, a 200-foot-plus retaining wall and the rerouting of a water line.

The cabinet estimates 3,400 vehicles travel this section of Kentucky 351 between Zion and Graham Hill in an average day.

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