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Travel: Work at Scottsville Road Interchange at Interstate 65
Information for Travel West of Columbia, KY
By Kiersten Jaggers, Public Information Officer
Kentucky Department of Highways, District 3, Bowling Green, KY
BOWLING GREEN, KY (2011-12-21) - Recently opened to traffic in early November, the Natcher Parkway Extension was constructed in order to provide motorists from south Warren and neighboring counties an alternate route around Bowling Green in an effort to reduce the volume of traffic on Scottsville Road.
A second project is currently underway in effort to further reduce congestion and improve mobility along Scottsville Road, especially in the area of interchange which can be a choke point during peak travel times.
The reconstruction of the Scottsville Road interchange with Interstate 65 is well under way and once completed, will provide duel turn lanes on and off of the interchange. In addition, there will be three lanes in each direction across the bridge itself to better facilitate the movement and storage of traffic.
Motorists heading south across the bridge will have dedicated turn lanes onto Cumberland Trace and Mel Browning Road as well as the two through lanes.
The biggest change for the traveling public will be the shift from a diamond interchange to a SPUI or a Single Point Urban Interchange. With the diamond interchange currently in place, there are two sets of traffic signals, one on each end of the overpass.
With a SPUI, there will be only one set of traffic signals and they will be located in the center of the bridge. These signals will initiate traffic movements for both directions on Scottsville Road as well as for those exiting and entering the interstate.
SPUI's also allow concurrent left turn movements for greater capacity and mobility.
Currently, the only SPUI in District 3 is at the Plano Road interchange with the Natcher Parkway Extension.
The project was awarded to Scotty's Contracting and Stone, LLC in October for $19.8 million and is tentatively scheduled for completion in the summer of 2013.
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