US 231 Reconstruction

  • Project Location: Kentucky Transportation Cabinet
  • Location: Butler County, KY

     This project involves widening US 231 from the Natcher Parkway to Bell Street in downtown Morgantown in Butler County, Kentucky. The goal is to improve traffic flow and increase the capacity of US 231 thereby improving the safety for pedestrians and the traveling public.

     The scope of this project is to provide Phase II engineering services including roadway grade, drain and surfacing design; storm sewer design, drainage design, and right-of-way plans for the reconstruction. This collector highway, with a current ADT of 9,000 and design-year ADT of 16,300, was originally set up for widening from a two-lane rural section to a five-lane urban section.

     Selected by the KYTC as one of the first to utilize a practical solutions approach to the design and the preferred typical section, Crawford re-designed this project to utilize a three-lane urban section with a two-way turn lane.

     As proposed, the newly constructed highway will closely follow along the existing alignment. Maintenance of traffic is a major concern because of the traffic volumes and the commercial development located along this section of the highway. The construction phasing and the need for several retaining walls along the project length complicate design of the storm sewer system.

     This project was let at an estimated construction cost of $6,600,000.

Work Performed by:

  • Joseph Hodskins, PE – Project Manager and Design Engineer
  • Stuart McIntosh, PE and Chris Reid – Design Engineers
  • John Vinson, Greg Crank and Ernest Jones – Engineering Technicians