(3 July 2013 Courier file photo by Ken Ritchie)
(3 July 2013 Courier file photo by Ken Ritchie)
KY 36 reopened to traffic on Saturday after a six-month closure for work on a bridge replacement project.

Construction crews finished enough construction on the bridge and approaches near Locust Creek for the roadway to open at noon on Saturday for traffic, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet spokeswoman Nancy Wood said. The project was expected to take 90 days, but equipment and weather issues delayed the project many times.

Although the roadway is open, travelers should still be aware of construction crews in the area over the next few weeks, Wood said. Work with grass seeding, final paving, striping, signage and cleaning up the area should take about three weeks. The entire project should be finished by Sept. 15.

Judy Construction Company of Cynthiana earned the contract for the project with the low bid of $2.6 million, which was paid for by the state.

The state has fined the construction company more than $280,000 for not completing the project on time so far because of the delays and three missed deadlines.

Fines will continue until all of the work is completed, Wood said.

The state gave Judy Construction a penalty of $2,000 a day between June 9 and June 30 for failing to have the road open to traffic. The state increased the penalty by $2,400 per day on July 1 for not completing the projects as scheduled, bringing the fines to $4,400 per day.

Judy Construction still faces a $2,400 penalty per day for not completing the project as scheduled, Wood said.

That fine will be assessed until construction crews complete the project.