Monday, November 9, 2015

Work continues to remove large rocks blocking US 460 at Millard in Pike County

PIKE COUNTY – Monday, November 9, 2015 – The rockfall on November 4 on US 460 between Adkins Wrecker and Millard Middle School in Pike County continues to block both lanes of the highway. Superintendent Darvy Hamilton said about 20-25 feet of additional rock has been removed from the unstable hillside.

“We have rocks that are seven to eight feet deep. The hillside seems to be stable now; it’s not working like it was. But it will take a while to use the rock hammer to break up what’s on the road so that it’s small enough to clear it out of there. We’re making progress, but it’s slow work and we can only work in daylight hours. It’s not safe to work after dark,” Hamilton said.

He also said the rain will not stop the contractor and Shelby Maintenance crew members from working throughout the days ahead. “It seemed like we were making headway,” Hamilton said, “and then we run into another section of rock that needed to be brought down because if we didn’t, it was just going to fall soon anyway. We are determined to make this are safe, to the best of our ability and resources, before we put traffic through there again.”

Hamilton said it could take the rest of this week to get the entire area cleaned up and safe for traffic. “We apologize for the extended inconvenience,” he said. “People have been real understanding and patient. They realize we have no control over what the freeze-thaw cycle does to these rock faces. Believe me, we are working as hard as we can to get this situation resolved.”