MANCHESTER, Ky. — (March 14, 2014) — Work will begin Tuesday, March 18 to repair portions of the Cumberland Gap Tunnel located on U.S. 25E, south of Middlesboro.
In order to facilitate construction, it will be necessary to close one tunnel during each phase of the project. All traffic will be routed to the open tunnel while construction is ongoing. Extreme caution should be made during this project as traffic patterns will change. Expect congestion due to driving lanes being reduced from two to one in each direction.
Repairs will begin on Tuesday, March 18 in the northbound tunnel and then switch to the southbound tunnel on Friday, April 4. This project will repair sub-grade failures and erosion due to groundwater beneath the tunnels and is expected to be completed by May 9, 2014.
It is necessary during this project to have restricted lane widths beginning at the 0.00 mile point and ending at the 1.00 mile point. Acceptable load dimensions for the restricted area will be 10 feet wide, maximum height of 16 feet, 6 inches, and a weight of 80,000 lbs.
All work is scheduled on a tentative basis and is subject to change depending on weather conditions, emergencies and other factors beyond the control of the Department of Highways.
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet asks motorists to be aware of the work zone and to utilize safe driving habits when traveling through the area.
Road condition reports for District 11 routes are available by calling 511 or by visiting the 511 travel and traffic information web site at http://511.ky.gov