Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Work to begin soon on roads for hospital

By Steve Vied, Messenger-Inquirer
Published: Thursday, January 13, 2011 12:07 AM CST

An 11-month project to widen portions of Pleasant Valley Road and Daniels Lane to three lanes on either side of the new Owensboro Medical Health System hospital is scheduled to begin Jan. 24, construction officials said Wednesday during a meeting with residents.

A quarter-mile section of Pleasant Valley Road, which will include the building of a new bridge over Yellow Creek, will be widened first and is expected to be finished by July 1. It will be closed throughout the construction period. Traffic will be detoured to Daniels Lane and Hayden Road and U.S. 60 East.

The new section of Pleasant Valley Road, starting at a point just south of the CSX tracks near the entrance to Lloyd's Mechanical, will connect to a spur of the U.S. 60 bypass that has been built to provide primary access to the hospital. The new 140-foot, three-span bridge will be built 3 feet higher than the existing bridge to keep it well above the flood plain.

Daniels Lane will be converted to a three-lane road with four-foot sidewalks on both sides from U.S. 60 East to a point about 0.65 miles from U.S. 60 East. Two entrances to the hospital will be built on the widened sections of Daniels Lane.

The new hospital is due for completion in 2013. Construction manager Merrill Bowers of Turner Construction said recently that the hospital is on schedule.

The Daniels Lane project will begin as soon as the Pleasant Valley Road project is finished, and it is expected to be completed in December, said Matt Miller, project manager for Turner Construction. Scott & Murphy Construction of Bowling Green is the contractor for the road projects.

The informational meeting on the road projects was held at St. Pius X Catholic Church and drew only a handful of residents and a few elected officials. A few questions were asked following a brief slide show, but no serious concerns or complaints were offered. Some Daniels Lane residents said they were looking forward to the improvements.

"I believe it will be OK," said Dorothy Johnson of 631 Daniels Lane. "I think it will suit me fine. New sidewalks on both sides of the road will be great."

Widening Daniels Lane to include a center turn lane and building sidewalks on both sides of the road also sounded good to Ann Payne of 613 Daniels Lane. The road now has sidewalks only on the east side.

"I think it's a great thing," she said. "It will be nice to have three lanes."

Scott & Murphy Inc., received a $5 million contract for the road improvements. The paving work in that package will be done by Yager Materials of Owensboro.