ALLEN — Motorists on U.S. 23 should be prepared for some congestion around Allen, as work crews will spend the next two months closing lanes to work on a bridge.
Work began Thursday to replace the surface of the bridge. Crews with Bush & Burchett will mill two inches from the concrete deck and replace it with latex concrete.
“This will make a much smoother driving surface,” said. Matt Moore, Prestonsburg section engineer with Highway District 12. “We have been battling potholes with this bridge deck, and this restoration and waterproofing should solve that problem.”
Bush and Burchett will start from the southbound outside lane, which means all southbound traffic will be merged into the inside (passing) lane. When the outside lane is reworked, traffic will move to that lane and work will start on the southbound inside lane. Southbound work is expected to take 30 days for both lanes. Then the crew will move to the northbound outside lane, repeating the process, which should take another 30 days.
The company submitted a low bid of $493,286 for the job.
The speed limit will be reduced to 45 miles per hour in the work zone, with double fines.