As the recovery from the devastating flash floods that hit parts of eastern Kentucky in late July continues, another state highway has been repaired to the point of carrying traffic and has been reopened to the public.
Ky. 451 had been closed at Mile 17.2 at Krypton in Perry County due to a washed out drainage structure, but a new structure was installed. The twin pipes are 11 feet in diameter and 155 feet long. The roadway has been repaired and backfilled to allow traffic, but drivers should reduce speed in the area as the final asphalt surface has not yet been applied. Work will continue in the area over the next few weeks, so motorists should exercise caution in this area.
Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and contractor crews continue to work to repair and reopen damaged highways, and daily progress is being reported as work is completed.
Crews are drilling steel and cribbing to repair pavement failures at various locations in Breathitt and Perry counties. Contractors and personnel from KYTC District 10 and crews from other counties in District 10 and other road districts are removing slides and clearing ditches and drain pipes along various roads in both counties.
In areas where breaks have been repaired or drain pipes replaced, drivers will encounter rough pavement because the asphalt surfacing has not yet been applied. Signs are in place to inform motorists of road conditions.
Two locations on national highways remain closed, both in Perry County. All other roads in the district are open and passable, but ruptures and other damage are present in some places. Drivers should exercise caution and discretion when traveling on these routes and avoid traveling through affected areas if possible.
The roads still closed are:
• Ky. 451, closed at Mile 10.2 near Busy due to washed out drainage structure. Plans are being drawn up to replace the structure. Drivers can detour to KY 80 and KY 2021 (Couchtown Road) to bypass the closure.
• Ky. 3351, closed at Mile 3.4 near intersection KY 476 near Ary due to bridge damage. A structural replacement project is underway. Until the new bridge opens, the road will remain closed. Drivers can use KY 80 and KY 476 as a detour route.
Debris removal operations are ongoing, so motorists should watch for frequent truck stops along collection routes. Clearing storm debris from the waterways is also underway, which could impact traffic.
KYTC has established a website for road condition reports and flood recovery information at: https://ekytransportation-kytc.hub.arcgis.com/. Updates can be found there, as well as the District 10 Facebook and Twitter pages. Links are also available for sources of information on road conditions in Districts 11 and 12, which have also suffered heavy flood damage.
Motorists should continue to exercise extreme caution if driving through flooded areas. Drivers must heed signage and obey traffic control devices and flaggers in work areas.