Drivers who frequently travel along U.S. 31-W/Nashville Road should prepare for some delays in coming weeks.
Bowling Green Municipal Utilities Electric will be doing work at the intersection of Nashville Road, University Boulevard and Loving Way on both April 6 and April 13, said Wes Watt, spokesman for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 3.
The work is in preparation for a roundabout that is being constructed at University Boulevard and Nashville Road, he said. A roundabout is a one-way, circular intersection.
The intersection will be closed from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 6, Watt said.
Nashville Road will be closed to through traffic from its intersection with Emmett Avenue to the intersection where work will be conducted, he said. But the road section will be accessible to people traveling to a specific location within the area – such as to home or church.
A detour will be in place April 6.
“There will be message boards out letting people know exactly where to go,” Watt said.
The intersection also will close intermittently April 13, and there may be some traffic delays as a result, he said.
Flaggers will be on hand to direct traffic. Drivers should travel slowly and use caution when approaching the intersection.
All work dates are dependent upon weather, Watt said.
Bids for construction of the roundabout are due April 25, and construction should start after Western Kentucky University begins summer break, he said. Most of the project is to be completed before school reconvenes.
The governor’s proposed transportation budget includes $2.3 million for construction of the roundabout, said Joe Plunk, engineering branch manager for project development for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 3.
So far, about $2.2 million has been spent on property acquisition for the project, and that number may increase slightly, he said. Another $2.15 million is budgeted for work on utilities, and most of that will be spent.
Detour routes are as follows:
Traveling south, take a right on to Chestnut Street, then the first left onto Regents Avenue. Take a left onto Normal Street at the traffic light. Go right onto University Boulevard at the traffic light. Take a left onto Russellville Road at the traffic light and travel about a mile, then take a left onto Emmett Avenue. Take a right onto Nashville Road at the traffic light.
Traveling north, take a left onto Emmett Avenue. Then travel to the first traffic light by the Shell gas station and take a right onto Russellville Road. Travel about a mile and take a right on University Boulevard at the first traffic light past the railroad track bridge. Take a left on Normal Street at the first traffic light. Take a right onto Regents Avenue at the first traffic light. Take a right onto Chestnut Street. Take a left onto Nashville Road.