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Transportation Cabinet offers historic Perry County bridge for relocation
(Press release hosted on GovDelivery.com)
JACKSON, Ky. – A contractor for CSX Transportation will be making repairs to the KY 11 railroad crossing in Beattyville that will require the road to be closed from Monday, Oct. 26, through Thursday, Oct. 29.
The road will be closed to all through traffic during this time. No marked detour will be posted. Local passenger vehicle traffic can use KY 52 and West Main Street through the underpass on old KY 52 to bypass the closure. The underpass is one lane wide with a height restriction of 13 feet. Oversize vehicles unable to use the underpass will need to detour via KY 715, the Mountain Parkway, KY 15, KY 30, and KY 52 through Campton and Jackson.
The railroad crossing, located at milepoint 4.4 on KY 11, will close the morning of Oct. 26. The road will be reopened to traffic by the end of the day on Oct. 29. The closure will extend through overnight hours during the work period.
JACKSON, Ky. – The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, along with its engineering consultant, Integrated Engineering, is seeking public input concerning a proposed project to improve sidewalks along a 0.6-mile stretch of KY 40 (Maple Street) east of downtown Salyersville.
The project under development would add or improve sidewalks along the roadway between Coal Branch Road, near the Magoffin County Courthouse, and Conway Street/Will May Branch Road. The project would add a curb and gutter to this section of KY 40 and make other improvements to better facilitate alternative transportation methods and make the sidewalk compliant with Americans With Disabilities Act requirements.
Two alternatives are under consideration. Both would provide a five-foot-wide sidewalk along the south side of KY 40. The second alternative would add a sidewalk on the north side of KY 40 along approximately half the distance of the total project.
A website has been established at https://ky40salyersville.com/ to provide information and accept public input on the project. Visitors will be able to download a brochure explaining the project, view videos to display the proposed improvements, and provide comments. A three-week comment period will begin Thursday, Oct. 22, and run through Thursday, Nov. 12, using that website.
Due to safety restrictions related to COVID-19, this format of public input is being offered instead of a traditional in-person public meeting.
This project is funded through the federal Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP), which provides funding for surface transportation projects such as on- and off-road pedestrian and bicycle facilities, infrastructure projects for improving non-driver access to public transportation and enhanced mobility, community improvement activities, environmental mitigation, and safe routes to school projects. Information on TAP is available at https://go.usa.gov/xGhSw.
JACKSON, Ky. – The eastbound lanes of the Mountain Parkway between exits 33 and 40 in Powell and Wolfe counties have reopened. Repairs to the sinkhole which developed near the Tunnel Ridge Road overpass at the county line have progressed to the point where one direction of travel has been restored, one day ahead of schedule.
Westbound Mountain Parkway traffic will continue to be diverted off the parkway at Exit 40 and follow a signed detour via northbound KY 15, re-entering at Exit 33. Since a wide load restriction is in effect for a bridge rehabilitation project near milepoint 32, vehicles wider than 11 feet will need to stay on KY 15 between Slade and Stanton, where they can re-enter the parkway at Exit 22.
As the area remains an active work zone, drivers should slow down and use caution. Some lane closures on the eastbound side may be necessary as construction continues on the westbound side.
Drivers who use the KY 15 detour are urged to use caution, as the route is narrow with a steep downhill grade and sharp curves. Additional warning signage has been installed, particularly near the KY 715 south intersection at Pine Ridge, to alert motorists to the possibility of encountering slowed or stopped traffic. An electronic message board has also been placed to further notify motorists of the need to reduce speed and use caution approaching the intersection.
Westbound truck traffic between the US 23 corridor in eastern Kentucky and I-64 in central Kentucky may prefer to use other routes, such as I-64 through Catlettsburg; or KY 80, the Hal Rogers Parkway, and I-75 via Hazard and London.
To accommodate trucks using the signed westbound detour route, southbound KY 15 has been closed on Slade Hill. Through traffic on KY 15 is directed to use the eastbound Mountain Parkway, and signs are posted.
The road is scheduled to be opened to travel in both directions by Oct. 31, or the contractor will incur substantial financial penalties. Work began the last week of September on the emergency $1,091,845.38 repair contract, which was about half the estimated $2 million cost of repairs.
Any changes to the closure schedule or other traffic alerts pertaining to the project will be posted to the KYTC District 10 Facebook and Twitter pages using the hashtag #MountainParkwayDetour.
KY 191 in Wolfe
County to be closed for bridge replacement project
JACKSON, KY – KY 191 near Hazel Green in Wolfe County
will be closed beginning Monday, March 9, for a bridge replacement project that
is a part of the state’s Bridging Kentucky initiative.
The bridge at milepoint 9.47 crossing Lacy Creek will
be closed for 60 days.
The project location is just south of the KY 1010
intersection near Hazel Green.
Drivers traveling between Campton and Hazel Green can
use the Mountain Parkway and KY 1010 as an alternate route around the closure. Motorists
can also use KY 3356 and KY 1010 as a detour. A signed detour will be posted.
Electronic message boards have been placed to notify drivers of the upcoming
The existing bridge has a posted weight limit of 44 tons
for 18-wheel tractor-trailers and 29 tons for smaller box trucks, with a sufficiency
rating of 47.9. It is classified as structurally deficient in the National
Bridge Inventory program.
This bridge is part of the Transportation Cabinet’s
Bridging Kentucky program. Bridges selected for the program include more than
1,000 state, county, and municipal structures that are rated in poor condition
or have restricted weight limits. Each bridge addressed by the program will
either be replaced with a new structure designed to last at least 75 years, or
rehabilitated to extend its life by at least 30 years. Those with restricted
weight limits will reopen to school buses, emergency vehicles, and commercial
trucks. For more information on the Bridging Kentucky program, visit www.BridgingKentucky.com.
Public meeting scheduled on proposed
transportation improvements to KY 213 in Powell County
JACKSON, KY – Residents of Powell County are invited to attend a public
informational meeting to discuss a proposed project to improve KY 213 south of
The meeting will be held Thursday, March 19, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Stanton
Train Depot, 164 North Main Street, in Stanton.
A project is under development to make improvements to KY 213 (South
Main Street/Furnace Road) along a half-mile stretch between Sons Road and Reed
Court. The project would construct sidewalks and make roadway improvements to
better facilitate alternative transportation methods.
At this meeting, members of the public will be able to review
alternatives under consideration and provide comments. Representatives from the
Powell County Fiscal Court, City of Stanton, and Kentucky Transportation
Cabinet will be available to discuss the alternatives and answer questions.
This project is funded through the federal Transportation Alternatives
Program (TAP), which provides funding for surface transportation projects such
as on- and off-road pedestrian and bicycle facilities, infrastructure projects
for improving non-driver access to public transportation and enhanced mobility,
community improvement activities, environmental mitigation, and safe routes to
school projects. Information on TAP is available at https://go.usa.gov/xdfAS.
Persons with disabilities who wish to attend the meeting but have
special accessibility needs that require assistance should contact Jason
Blackburn at the Department of Highways District 10 office in Jackson at (606)
666-8841 to request special assistance.
KY 1110 in Breathitt County to be closed Saturday, March 7
JACKSON, KY – Drivers who use KY 1110 near Copeland in Breathitt County will have to find an alternate route on Saturday, March 7. The road will be closed at milepoint 11.5 for replacement of a drainage pipe.
Work will begin around 8 a.m. and should be completed by 4 p.m. The road will be closed to all through traffic while work is ongoing. The project location is just south of Howards Creek Road.
No marked detour will be posted. Drivers will need to find an alternate route. Motorists can use KY 3237 and KY 30 through Canoe to bypass the closure.
In case of inclement weather, the work will be postponed until another suitable date.
Daytime closures scheduled for KY 3193 in Breathitt County beginning Monday, Jan. 27
JACKSON, KY – Drivers who use KY 3193 (Wolverine Road) near Wolverine in Breathitt County will have to find an alternate route during daytime hours beginning Monday, Jan. 27. A drilling project to repair a break in pavement will begin that day, and is expected to last around three weeks.
The break is located at mile marker 1, near Chestnut Gap Road.
Work will begin around 8 a.m. each day and should be completed by 6 p.m. The road will be closed to all through traffic while work is ongoing. Preliminary plans are to allow traffic to use the road at night and on weekends, but that may change if the drillers encounter problems with the stability of the embankment.
No marked detour will be posted. Drivers will need to find an alternate route. Motorists can use KY 205 at either end of KY 3193 to bypass the closure.
KY 1274 in Menifee County to be closed for rockfall mitigation project
Drivers to use signed detour for 60 days
JACKSON, KY – Drivers who use KY 1274 between Big Woods and the Longbow boat ramp in Menifee County will have to find an alternate route beginning Monday, Jan. 6. The road will be closed between mile markers 8 and 9 for 60 days for a rockfall mitigation project.
The closed portion is the hill between the boat ramp and Big Woods Road.
Local traffic will be detoured via a signed route consisting of KY 36, US 460 and KY 1693. This is the same detour that was used when another rockfall mitigation project was done 10 years ago. Unlike that project, this one will require only a 60-day closure. The road will reopen in early March.
Motorists who use KY 1274 to connect with KY 801 or KY 519 in Rowan County as a through route from Frenchburg to Morehead may prefer to use an unmarked detour consisting of KY 36, KY 211 and US 60 through Salt Lick to Farmers and Morehead.
KY 2016 in Lee County to be closed Saturday, Dec. 7
JACKSON, KY – Drivers who use KY 2016 (Big Andy Ridge) in Lee County will need to find an alternate route on Saturday, Dec. 7. The road will be closed near milepoint 3.35 for replacement of a drainage pipe. This location is just north of Cliff's Run Road.
Work will begin around 8 a.m., and should be completed by 4 p.m. During this time, the road will be closed to all through traffic.
No marked detour will be posted, but drivers can use KY 715 and KY 11 through Wolfe County as an alternate route. Motorists should plan their trips accordingly.
Between 100 and 150 vehicles use this portion of KY 2016 each day.
In case of inclement weather, the closure will be postponed until another suitable date.
Junior Williamson Rest Area to be closed Tuesday, Nov. 19, for plumbing repairs
JACKSON, Ky. — The Junior Williamson Rest Area, located off the Mountain Parkway at Exit 33 in Powell County, will be closed on Tuesday, Nov. 19, for repairs to the plumbing in the building. The closure is expected to begin at 10 a.m., and work should be completed around 2 p.m.
The closure was originally scheduled for Nov. 12, but was postponed.
Parking areas and vending machines will remain open, but the restrooms will be closed. Restroom facilities are available at businesses located at the Slade interchange.
Visitors are reminded that long-term parking of unattended vehicles at the rest area parking lot is prohibited. Passenger vehicle parking is intended for rest area patrons only. Signage is in place to inform drivers of this policy. Commercial vehicle drivers may use the appropriate parking lot for federally-mandated breaks and longer-term rest periods. Drivers who need to leave their vehicles unattended for longer periods should use the Park and Ride lot located on the opposite (north) side of the Mountain Parkway at Exit 33.
KY 1812 in Breathitt County to be closed Saturday, Nov. 23
JACKSON, KY – Drivers who use KY 1812 near Keck in Breathitt County will have to find an alternate route on Saturday, Nov. 23. The road will be closed at milepoint 9.6 for replacement of a drainage pipe.
Work will begin around 8 a.m. and should be completed by 3 p.m. The road will be closed to all through traffic while work is ongoing. The project location is approximately 0.1 mile from KY 540.
No marked detour will be posted. Drivers will need to find an alternate route. Motorists can use KY 15 through Jackson and Vancleve to bypass the closure.
Junior Williamson Rest Area to be closed Tuesday, Nov. 12, for plumbing repairs
JACKSON, Ky. — The Junior Williamson Rest Area, located off the Mountain Parkway at Exit 33 in Powell County, will be closed on Tuesday, Nov. 12, for repairs to the plumbing in the building. The closure is expected to begin at 10 a.m., and work should be completed around 2 p.m.
KY 1812 in northern Breathitt County to be closed for bridge replacement project
JACKSON, KY – KY 1812 in northern Breathitt County will be closed beginning Monday, Sept. 23, for a bridge replacement project that is a part of the state's Bridging Kentucky initiative.
The bridge at milepoint 14.3 crossing Hurst Fork, also known as Johnson Fork, will be closed for 45 days. The new bridge is scheduled to be open by Nov. 7.
The project location is less than 1 mile north of KY 205, and approximately one-half mile south of KY 1419. It is slightly more than two miles south of the Wolfe County line.
Drivers can use KY 205, KY 15, and KY 1261 via Bethany in Wolfe County as an alternate route around the closure. A signed detour will be posted.
The existing bridge has a posted weight limit of 25 tons for 18-wheel tractor-trailers and 21 tons for smaller box trucks, with a sufficiency rating of 54.3.
This bridge is part of the Transportation Cabinet's Bridging Kentucky program. Bridges selected for the program include more than 1,000 state, county, and municipal structures that are rated in poor condition or have restricted weight limits. Each bridge addressed by the program will either be replaced with a new structure designed to last at least 75 years, or rehabilitated to extend its life by at least 30 years. Those with restricted weight limits will reopen to school buses, emergency vehicles, and commercial trucks. For more information on the Bridging Kentucky program, visit www.BridgingKentucky.com.
Bridge replacement project to begin on KY 378 in Breathitt County
JACKSON, KY – Work is scheduled to begin Tuesday, July 9, to replace a bridge on KY 378 in Breathitt County as part of the Bridging Kentucky program. The bridge crosses Frozen Creek and is located approximately 0.7 miles from KY 1812, in the Sewell community.
During construction, traffic will be maintained in one lane, controlled by temporary signals. Drivers may experience delays during the project. Fewer than 300 vehicles use this bridge each day. This bridge has a weight limit of 10 tons, a sufficiency rating of 24.5, and is classified as structurally deficient.
Work is expected to take three to four months to complete.
Area residents invited to attend public meeting on proposed improvements to KY 15 in Breathitt County
JACKSON, KY – Residents of Breathitt County are invited to attend a public informational meeting to discuss a proposed project to improve KY 15 in the city limits of Jackson.
The meeting will be held Thursday, July 11, from 5-7 p.m. at LBJ Elementary School in Jackson. It will be an "open house" format meeting with no formal presentation.
A project is under development to improve capacity on KY 15 between the KY 1812 (Main Street) intersection and the intersection of KY 30 and new KY 15 near the Shell food mart.
At this meeting, members of the public will be able to view plans showing the proposed improvement and the properties to be impacted by the project. Public input will help guide future development of the project. Comment forms will be available so attendees can provide their opinions on the project.
Daytime closures scheduled for US 460 in western Morgan County in late July
JACKSON, KY – Drivers who use US 460 in western Morgan County between Grassy Creek and Ezel will have to find an alternate route during daytime hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays during the second half of July. A project to replace five drainage structures will require the road to be closed. This will impact travel between West Liberty and Frenchburg.
Closure dates and locations are:
Work will begin after 8 a.m. each day and will be completed by 10 p.m. Some aluminum box culvert installations may take fewer than 14 hours to complete. Work will be done as scheduled unless torrential rainfall occurs. Through traffic will be unable to pass through the repair sites while work is ongoing. Once each drainage structure is replaced, drivers should expect rough pavement conditions until permanent paving is done. No marked detour will be posted, but through US 460 traffic can use KY 772 and KY 705 as an alternate route. On the date of the first closure, traffic coming from KY 203 to eastbound US 460 may wish to take KY 191 and KY 205 through Hazel Green and Helechawa. For the remaining closures, traffic from KY 203 intending to turn onto westbound US 460 may wish to take KY 1010 through Hazel Green and Maytown. Electronic message boards have been placed to alert motorists to the closures and the suggested through detour route.
Lane closure scheduled for Mountain Parkway in Powell County
JACKSON, KY – Drivers using the westbound lanes of the Bert T. Combs Mountain Parkway in Powell County should be prepared for a lane closure at Exit 18 near Clay City beginning Monday, July 22.
The right lane westbound will be closed so repairs can be made to the KY 1057 overpass. The lane closure is expected to last approximately two weeks. No width restrictions for Mountain Parkway traffic are anticipated.
Message boards will be placed approximately a week before the closure begins to inform drivers. No significant delays are expected, but there may be some slight slowdowns during peak travel times. Drivers should reduce their speed as they approach this work zone.
US 460 in Menifee County to be closed on Saturday, July 20
JACKSON, KY – Drivers who use US 460 in western Menifee County near the Means and Cornwell communities will have to find an alternate route on Saturday, July 20. The road will be closed at milepoint 2.6 for a drainage pipe replacement. This is between Bill Peyton Lane and Major Wilhoit Road. Travel between Frenchburg and Jeffersonville, Camargo, and Mt. Sterling will be impacted.
Work will begin at 8 a.m. and will continue until 5:30 p.m. The road will be closed to all through traffic while work is ongoing.
No marked detour will be posted, but drivers can use KY 713 (Hawkins Branch Road and Indian Creek Road) as a detour route. Traffic coming from Montgomery County may wish to use I-64 and KY 36 through Bath County. Electronic message boards have been placed to alert motorists to the closures and the suggested detour route.
In case of inclement weather, the work will be postponed.
Traffic pattern changes planned for Mountain Parkway, KY 1010 at Exit 53 in Wolfe County
JACKSON, KY – Drivers using the Mountain Parkway and KY 1010 at Exit 53 in Wolfe County should prepare for a major traffic pattern change, as work continues on a pavement and bridge rehabilitation project between Stillwater and Helechawa (exits 46 and 57).
On Thursday, July 11, through traffic on the Mountain Parkway will be diverted onto the exit ramps at the KY 1010 interchange. In addition, the KY 1010 overpass will be closed Thursday and Friday to allow construction of temporary connectors to allow through KY 1010 traffic to use the ramps as a temporary detour while the bridge at the interchange is demolished and rebuilt.
KY 1010 traffic will be unable to proceed beyond the Mountain Parkway overpass on Thursday and Friday. Northbound KY 1010 traffic will be required to enter the eastbound Mountain Parkway and can use KY 205 and KY 191 to reach Hazel Green. Southbound traffic will be required to enter the westbound Mountain Parkway and can use KY 191 and KY 1812 to reach Malaga and the southern end of KY 1010. Once the work is complete Friday afternoon, KY 1010 will reopen to through traffic via the Mountain Parkway ramps and temporary turning lanes.
A speed limit of 25 mph will be in place while traffic is using the temporary diversion. Drivers should watch for workers and flaggers while the work is taking place Thursday and Friday.
The work is part of a larger project that begins at Exit 46 and ends at the start of the current widening project near Exit 57. The speed limit will be reduced to 45 mph through most of the work zone, with lower limits where appropriate.
All work is scheduled to be completed by Oct. 31.
Drivers are reminded to observe posted speed limits and warning signs in work zones, and to watch for workers and equipment in these locations. Road conditions and traffic patterns can change on short notice in construction areas.
KY 476 in Breathitt County to be closed Saturday, June 22
JACKSON, KY – Drivers who use KY 476 in Breathitt County will need to find an alternate route on Saturday, June 22. The road will be closed in the vicinity of the Hardshell community, near the Perry County line, to allow for replacement of two damaged drainage pipes.
The first pipe to be replaced is at milepoint 2.0. Work will begin at that location around 8 a.m. and should be finished around 12 p.m. Once that pipe has been replaced, the crew will move to milepoint 3.9 to replace another pipe. That work should be finished around 4 p.m. The road will be closed to all through traffic while the work is ongoing.
No marked detour will be posted, but drivers can use KY 80 and KY 15 through Perry County as an alternate route. Motorists should plan their trips accordingly.
Width restrictions for Mountain Parkway in Wolfe County take effect Monday, June 17
Pavement rehabilitation, bridge repair project underway between exits 46-57
JACKSON, KY – Width restrictions for a bridge on the Mountain Parkway in eastern Wolfe County will take effect Monday, June 17, as a major pavement rehabilitation and bridge repair project gets underway on the two-lane portion of the highway east of Campton.
The bridge crossing KY 1419 (Upper Gillmore Road) at milepoint 55.4 will be reduced to one lane, with traffic controlled by temporary signals. Drivers should slow down in advance of the signals and expect slight delays. Vehicles wider than 12 feet will need to detour via KY 191 and Spur KY 15 through Hazel Green and Campton. The width restrictions will be in effect until July 31.
The work is part of a larger project that begins at Exit 46 and ends at the start of the current widening project near Exit 57. The speed limit throughout the work zone will be reduced to 45 mph, and some traffic pattern changes will be instituted at the KY 1010 exit (Exit 53) later during the project. Those changes will be announced via District 10's Facebook and Twitter accounts.
KY 794 in Estill County to be closed for bridge repairs
JACKSON, KY – KY 794 in Estill County will be closed beginning Monday, June 10, for a major repair project that is a part of the state's Bridging Kentucky initiative.
The bridge crossing White Oak Creek at milepoint 0.3 will be closed until July 1, as the superstructure of the bridge is rehabilitated.
Drivers can use KY 1705 and KY 89 as an alternate route around the closure. No signed detour will be posted.
A $217,885 contract was recently awarded for rehabilitation of the bridge, and all work will be finished by July 1. The existing bridge has a posted weight limit of 23 tons and is classified as "structurally deficient" with a sufficiency rating of 53.5. The modifications will bring the bridge up to current standards and the weight limit will be increased to accommodate heavier vehicles.
KY 30 in Magoffin County to be closed for bridge repairs
JACKSON, KY – KY 30 in Magoffin County will be closed beginning Thursday, May 30, for a major repair project that is a part of the state's Bridging Kentucky initiative.
The bridge crossing the Licking River at milepoint 10.9 will be closed for 60 days, as the superstructure of the bridge at the US 460/KY 7 intersection is rehabilitated.
Drivers can use US 460, KY 7, and the Mountain Parkway as an alternate route around the closure. A signed detour will be posted.
A $731,897.40 contract was recently awarded for rehabilitation of the bridge, and all work will be finished by Aug. 1. The existing bridge has a weight limit of 16 tons and is classified as "structurally deficient" with a sufficiency rating of 37.4. The modifications will bring the bridge up to current standards and the weight limit will be increased to allow heavier vehicles.
Morgan County team gets the 'three-peat' as District 10 Roadeo champions
Magoffin County's James Trusty wins overall individual championship
JACKSON, KY – For the third straight year, the team from the Morgan County state highway maintenance garage won the championship in the Department of Highways District 10's annual Roadeo equipment operating contest.
For James Trusty from Magoffin County, who was recognized during the event on Thursday, May 23, for 20 years of service to the Commonwealth of Kentucky, it was an especially noteworthy day. He won the overall individual championship, based on the highest average score in all events. Individual event winners hailed from Estill and Morgan counties.
The annual Roadeo brings equipment operators from the district's maintenance garages together for a day of friendly competition and fellowship. The event allows equipment operators from the district's crews to show their skills in operating the equipment they use to maintain state highways in the district. The obstacle courses simulate actual situations equipment operators may encounter in the performance of their duties. The event is officially known as the Equipment Operators Safety Training Conference, and participants received training in fire safety, conducted by members of the Lee County Volunteer Fire Department, as part of the day's schedule.
Individual event winners were:
The individual contest winners and runners-up will advance to a statewide competition against participants from the other 11 highway districts across Kentucky, to be held at the Kentucky Horse Park June 26-27. State winners will be eligible to participate in the annual Southeastern Regional Equipment Operators Safety Training Conference competition, to be held in Biloxi, Miss., in September.Despite a weather forecast calling for above-average temperatures, overcast skies and a cool breeze made competition conditions a bit more pleasant than had been expected. Thundershowers popped up a few miles north of the event site at the District 10 equipment garage in Beattyville, but the Roadeo avoided any inclement weather or rain delays."Our county maintenance crew members have to work in all sorts of weather conditions and are subject to being called out at any time of the day or night," said Corbett Caudill, chief district engineer. "In addition to the normal snow and ice removal duties our crews face each winter, we had to respond to a large number of mudslides, rockfalls, breaks in pavement, and flooded roads this year. Our personnel do an excellent job maintaining our state highways and responding to emergency situations caused by the weather or other issues. Operating the equipment necessary to maintain our highways year-round, and to keep them clear of snow and ice in the winter, takes a lot of skill and knowledge. The Roadeo gives our employees a chance to show off their abilities. It also gives our employees from our county garages, who don't get to have much interaction with other crews on a regular basis, a chance to know that they are all part of one team and that we appreciate all of them for their effort and hard work."District 10 encompasses the counties of Breathitt, Estill, Lee, Magoffin, Menifee, Morgan, Owsley, Perry, Powell and Wolfe in east-central and southeastern Kentucky.
Vehicle crash claims life of Transportation Cabinet employee in Wolfe County
JACKSON, KY – A crash involving two vehicles claimed the life of a Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) employee on Thursday, Nov. 8, and resulted in the injury of the other driver.
An initial investigation by the Kentucky State Police indicates John Fugate, 48, was killed when a vehicle driven by Jamie Fallen crossed the centerline on KY 205 and struck Fugate's truck head on while he was driving. The incident occurred at approximately 1 p.m. EST near Helechawa in Wolfe County on KY 205, near the intersection of KY 191. Fallen was airlifted to seek medical attention at the University of Kentucky Medical Center.
"Our hearts are heavy for the family of John Fugate, a dedicated public servant who worked tirelessly on behalf of the Commonwealth and KYTC for over 23 years," said Gov. Matt Bevin. "Let us all remember his family, friends, and community in prayer during this incredibly difficult time."
KYTC Secretary Greg Thomas expressed his condolences for the fallen transportation employee.
"We are deeply saddened to unexpectedly lose a member of the KYTC family," said Secretary Thomas. "John will be missed and we truly honor all of his decades of faithful service to the Cabinet. Our hearts are with his family, friends and fellow colleagues during this time of grief."
A long-time employee of the Cabinet, Fugate served as a transportation engineering technologist in the Materials Lab of the Department of Highways District 10 office.
"We in District 10 are shocked and saddened by this news," said District 10 Chief District Engineer Corbett Caudill. "John Fugate was a longtime, valued employee, and many remember his father who also worked for District 10 and retired about 15 years ago. Our hearts go out to the Fugate family. He will be missed, and we mourn along with John's family."
The Kentucky State Police Post 8 office in Morehead is investigating the crash.
Magoffin County bridge to be dedicated in memory of late educator Paul W. Rowe
Event scheduled for Friday, Sept. 28 at 2 p.m. at Magoffin County Health Department
JACKSON, KY – Magoffin County residents are invited to join state and local officials, and family members of the late Paul W. Rowe, at a ceremony to dedicate the new KY 30 bridge crossing the Middle Fork of the Licking River. The event is scheduled for 2 p.m. at the Magoffin County Health Department's Community Room on Friday, Sept. 28.
State Rep. Paul Blanton introduced a resolution in the 2018 regular session of the Kentucky General Assembly to name the bridge for Rowe, a longtime Magoffin County educator who was killed in 1990 in an automobile accident at the old bridge.
Construction on the new $2.2 million bridge began in 2015, and was completed the following year. The new bridge replaced a span that was built in 1932 and was considered functionally obsolete due to narrow travel lanes and reduced sight distance. It is located at milepoint 7.5 on KY 30 near Hendricks, just south of the Mountain Parkway at Exit 72.
Pavement preservation projects scheduled for KY 15 in Breathitt, Wolfe counties
JACKSON, KY – A preventive maintenance project to preserve the driving surface on two segments of KY 15 in Breathitt and Wolfe counties is scheduled to begin on July 21. The work will require reduced speed limits and delays during the project. Travel between the Mountain Parkway and Breathitt, Perry, Knott, and Letcher counties will be affected by the road work.
Application of a cost-effective treatment known as a cape seal to extend the life of the pavement will be done on KY 15 in Breathitt County between milepoints 20.5 and 23.6. This is the older of the two four-lane segments between Jackson and Vancleve.
The cape seal is an application of a chip seal followed by a thin asphalt overlay. The chip seal begins with an asphalt emulsion sprayed on the roadway, followed by a layer of coarse stone spread evenly over the emulsion. This portion of the application is left in place for several days to allow the stone to set and for the weight of passing traffic to further seat the gravel into the emulsion. The roadway will contain some loose gravel and there may be a slight increase in driving noise. Both of these issues improve with time and traffic volume. After this curing period, the roadway is paved with a thin asphalt overlay.
While the project is ongoing, a speed limit of 25 mph will be signed and enforced due to the loose gravel on the roadway. Motorcyclists are specifically urged to heed this reduced limit.
Contract crews plan to begin work on or after July 21 with the chip seal phase. Paving of the asphalt overlay will take place the following week, weather permitting. If there is rain during the project period, the work will be delayed.
Following the cape seal application in Breathitt County, work will progress north on KY 15 to Wolfe County. A microsurface application will be done between milepoints 0.0 and 8.6, or from the Breathitt County line to the entrance to Campton Elementary School. Microsurfacing involves the application of a slurry sealant to the existing pavement. It seals pavement cracks, prevents pavement from degrading, and can improve surface friction. The new road surface will appear to have a brown tint, but will become darker over time. No noticeable differences in road noise or smoothness should be noticed.
During microsurfacing, motorists are advised to avoid driving on newly placed paving material, which means traffic on side roads may be stopped for lengthy periods of time.
Weather conditions may also affect the time and duration of this project.
Traffic will be controlled by flaggers and signs while the work is ongoing. Drivers will experience lane closures and delays, and are urged to heed all traffic control devices, especially the lowered speed limits.
Federal Lands Access Program project will mean delays on KY 77, KY 715 in Red River Gorge
Travel to tourist attractions to be impacted through August
JACKSON, KY – A highway project that begins July 11 on KY 77 and KY 715 in the Red River Gorge in Menifee, Powell, and Wolfe counties will cause traffic delays until the project is completed by the end of August.
The work will take place on KY 77 between the north end of the Nada Tunnel in Powell County and mile marker 2 in Menifee County, and on KY 715 between the KY 77 intersection in Menifee County and Pine Ridge in Wolfe County. The project involves widening and paving of pull-offs and parking areas, resurfacing and pavement rehabilitation, guardrail installation, and placement of new signage along the routes that provide access to the Red River Gorge.
Drivers should expect delays when the work is ongoing. Flaggers and signage will be used to control traffic during working hours.
The $802,542.45 project is funded through the Federal Highway Administration's Federal Lands Access Program (FLAP). The program is intended to improve transportation facilities that provide access to, are adjacent to, or are located within federal lands. FLAP supplements state and local resources for public roads, transit systems, and other transportation facilities, with an emphasis on high-use recreation sites and economic generators.
The project will be completed by Aug. 31, in time for the busiest tourist season in the Red River Gorge.