Lexington Bluegrass Airport Project
ATS Construction has been performing work for the Lexington Bluegrass Airport for more than 10 years. During this period, we have constructed safety areas on both ends of the main runway, constructed a new 4,000 foot general aviation runway and taxiway along with a 35,000 square yard apron area, and constructed a new parallel taxiway for the main runway.
ATS Construction has moved in excess of 2,000,000 cubic yards of rock and dirt, constructed over 30,000 square feet of retaining walls, placed in excess of 35,000 cubic yards of concrete and laid over 20,000 LF of storm lines during this time.
During the innovative resurfacing paving process of the main runway, ATS Construction laid approx 61,150 tons of bituminous asphalt and 20,575 tons of stone in a single weekend shut down. This process took place with great care to safely coordinate the project between the airport, 2 asphalt plants, and 150 dump trucks transporting asphalt to the site.
In addition, ATS Construction has been awarded a contract to remove and replace approximately 15,000 square yards of concrete pavement in the ramp area of the main terminal to start in the spring of 2011.
Kentucky Horse Park
ATS Construction has been working with the Kentucky Horse Park for many years. Recently, in preparation for the FEI World Equestrian Games, ATS worked to complete several significant projects within and around the horse park. These projects included parking lots, internal road widening and resurfacing, new park entrances, new culvert and concrete curb. ATS Construction was able to exceed strict deadlines in preparation for the games and produce a quality job with innovative designs.
Leading up to the World Equestrian Games at the Kentucky Horse Park, ATS Construction laid approx 44,400 tons of bituminous asphalt on the roads and grounds, 56,300 tons of stone, and 2500 tons of porous pavement.
ATS Construction continues to work with the Kentucky Horse Park to complete quality projects and innovative designs to improve the function and the aesthetics of the park.
Reconstruction of South Limestone, Lexington, KY
ATS Construction performed was a 12.8 million dollar project that encompassed a complete rebuilding of the infrastructure on one of the busiest streets in downtown Lexington. ATS was required to keep this road open to traffic for the majority of construction as well as access to all of the businesses located along this corridor. The entire storm system and sanitary system was demolished and replaced as well as the curbs, sidewalks, entrances and asphalt pavement. Brick pavers were added to enhance the aesthetics of this historic street. This project was completed ahead of schedule and under budget in spite of the difficult challenges presented by the unknown location of existing utilities, the presence of an abandoned trolley track underneath the roadbed, the limited access for construction equipment and the high volume of both pedestrian and vehicular traffic.
South Airfield Road, Hebron, KY
ATS recently completed the construction of a 2.5 mile four lane road for the Boone County Fiscal Court in Hebron, KY. This project consisted of grade, storm lines, sanitary lines, water lines, traffic signals, curbs, sidewalks, asphalt paving and a multiuse path. This project included widening and construction of turn lanes on KY 18 as well as reconstruction of portions of Turfway Road and the Entrance into Turfway Park Racetrack. This project was the recipient of the 2012 Quality in Construction Award presented by the National Asphalt Pavement Association.
Harrodsburg Road Double Crossover Interchange
- Contract amount – $6,320,453.27
- Construction started June 6, 2011 and was completed November 15, 2011.
- First double crossover intersection in Kentucky.
The focus of the construction phase of the project was to complete this work without severe disruptions to the motorist and businesses that depend on this heavily used intersection as part of their daily lives. The challenge was to completely reconfigure the flow of traffic, drainage, and signals while keeping a heavily congested area working as good as it always had. ATS Construction personnel were required to work at night and long hours on weekends to perform mass excavation, installation of storm drainage, installation of new conduits for signal controls, pour concrete medians, pour concrete retaining walls, place asphalt pavement, and pavement striping. This was especially challenging due to existing gas line, waterline, electric lines, and communication lines which were in the process of being relocated. The Highway Department and utility companies became great partners to work with and determined ways to fit everything together while progressing the project at a good pace.
The biggest challenge of the project came during a weekend shutdown of Harrodsburg Road on August 12, 2011. Harrodsburg Road remained closed to through traffic from Friday night at 8:00 pm until Sunday morning at 9:00 am. During a 36 hour period of road closure over 2,00 feet of concrete curb was poured, 2,000 square yards of concrete median was poured, 6,000 tons of asphalt surface was placed, seven complete signal systems were activated/timed to control traffic, two large overhead signs were installed on the existing overpass, 300 linear feet of storm drain pipe/boxes were installed, and over 10,000 feet of pavement markings were placed to cross over and control traffic. This required a small army of men and women, 80 pieces of equipment, and a lot of cooperation for people to move over while someone else’s crews were coming through. The good news was that the work was completed prior to a severe thunderstorm late Saturday night. Work was completed 24 hours ahead of schedule and allowed service to resume early Sunday morning. This goes to show that short periods of road closures and good planning of crews and equipment allows for great accomplishments to be made without great disruptions to motorists and businesses.
ATS Construction appreciates all of the crews, subcontractors, and businesses that were involved and endured the long summer of road improvement for this interchange.
The Cumberland County spot improvement project on KY61 and KY90 employed an innovative contracting method “Design Build.” This method of contracting requires that a qualified contractor-consultant team submit proposals to provide all services required to perform highway design, geotechnical engineering, permitting, right of way acquisition, utility relocation, and actual construction of the new highway. The proposal prepared by the combined efforts of ATS Construction, Gaddie Shamrock, Stantec, American Engineers, and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet for the construction of the highways selected Qk4 Engineers. KY61 had recently been designated a national truck route through Kentucky and in to Tennessee. One key goal of the project was to correct the deficiencies in the alignment and width of the roadway to meet the standards for national truck routes. Even though KY90 does not bear the designation of a national truck route, it has a significant amount of truck and boating traffic from the local poultry, houseboat manufacturing, and tourism industries in the area. Many locations along KY90 had been identified for spot improvements for substandard roadway.
Design, permitting, geotechnical exploration, right of way, utility relocation, and actual construction began in the Fall of 2007. Property acquisition and utility relocation progressed through the Winter and Spring of 2008. Construction activities resumed in the Spring of 2008 and lasted for approximately two years. The road was opened for traffic to use in November 2010. Final cleanup and punch list work was wrapped up in the Spring of 2011.
In the Spring of 2012, the highway department added extra work to the project to reconstruct a one and a half mile of highway known as the Leslie Curve. The inclusion of this work in the contract had become a hot topic of debate between local and state leaders.
Design, permitting, right of way, and utility work have begun on the Leslie Curve. Construction activities are scheduled to start June of 2013 and should be complete by the summer of 2014.
Versailles Road Project
On September 15th, 2013 ATS Construction had completed all work, including concrete pavement removal, grading, and paving, on the high speed, highly congested US 60 Versailles Road project and opened all lanes up to traffic. What is so significant about that date? That completion date was two and a half months ahead of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet required completion date of December 1, 2013. Not only was the project completed way ahead of schedule, but it was also ready to accept the extremely high traffic volumes experienced during the month of October for the Fall Keeneland meet. However, reaching this accomplishment did not come without challenges.
Since the department decided to explore both concrete and asphalt alternatives, ATS Construction had to overcome a $1.2 Million advantage that concrete alternative had in the early stages of bidding. With a winning bid amount of $22,737,175.56, the concrete bid was beat by $4.2 Million. Some of the other known challenges before bidding the work included $20,000 per day liquidated damages if the project was not completed by the required date and $25,000 per hour liquidated damages for lane closures left in place after the allowable times. This means if ATS did not complete the project in 2013, it would cost $2.4 Million. It also meant having four lanes open in the daytime was worth $600,000 to the department.
Several challenges were to be faced during the construction process as well. These included laying 237,321 TONS of asphalt pavement, constructing 8 diversions, following seven strict phases, adjusting or constructing 145 drainage inlet boxes in the median, and several others. With all these challenges to overcome, four lanes of traffic were required to stay open during the daytime and more than 60 entrances and approaches to the roadway, such as Keeneland Race Track and Sales and Bluegrass airport, were to be maintained and accessible.
ATS Construction would like to thank all our employees and subcontractors that worked on the job, as well as the surrounding businesses for being supportive of the work. Without the hard work, careful planning and continuing communication between all parties involved, this project would not have been near as successful as it was.
Costco Lexington Location Project
ATS Construction recently completed a site grading and asphalt paving project for Costco Wholesale Corporation at their new store location, the corner of Man-O-War Boulevard and I-75, in Lexington, KY. The project began in the spring of 2013 and was completed in mid-November of 2013.The site construction consisted of approximately 200,000 cubic yards of excavation, 5300 linear feet of storm drainage, and 4000 linear feet of sanitary sewer line. The Project also included mass rock excavation, trench rock excavation, and soil stabilization. The asphalt paving package was made up of over 12,000 linear feet of curb and gutter, miscellaneous site concrete, 21,000 ton of crushed stone, 10,500 ton of bituminous asphalt base, and 5,700 ton of bituminous asphalt surface.