- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 29, 2016

MAYSVILLE, Ky. (AP) - The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says crews are about to begin construction along a section of the AA Highway in northeast Kentucky.

A statement says blasting and other work to widen a 5-mile corridor to four lanes between US 68 at Maysville to just north of KY 435 at Fernleaf will begin next week. It is the first major step in an $18 million project that will add another 5 miles of four-lane roadway between Alexandria and Ashland.

Construction activity will continue into 2017. There will be daily blasting beginning in early April and lasting through September.

Officials say they will allow two-way traffic throughout the project, but the speed limit will be lowered to 45 mph.

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