The Flemingsburg Bypass extension involved the construction of two miles of new route extending from the existing Flemingsburg Bypass at its intersection with Kentucky Route 11 to Tollesboro-Mt. Carmel Road (KY 57) at a location north of the City of Flemingsburg. The bypass extension was designed to divert traffic away from the downtown area and provide an improved connection from Tollesboro to KY 11. The typical section continues the existing bypass with a two-lane highway and full-width shoulders. A 55 mph design curve at the KY 57 connection allows the north thru-movements of KY 57 to connect directly to the bypass.
GRW developed two alternates for this project including horizontal and vertical alignment, preliminary drainage design, maintenance of traffic, and construction cost estimates. An environmental overview was also prepared to assess potential areas of environmental concern. Great care was taken in the development of the alignments to avoid any environmental issues including historical structures in the area. A large pond was constructed during the project, and alignment adjustments were made to assess avoidance possibilities. Contact with the landowners and area residents were a critical part in addressing community needs.
A preliminary evaluation of two additional alternates was added to GRW’s contract. This evaluation was needed to assess the merit of a more northerly route that would avoid severing a large tract of farmland and reduce the necessary length of travel on the currently substandard section of KY 57 approaching Flemingsburg. This effort included site visits, close coordination with District personnel and preparation of a letter report that presented results and recommendations.