Work to repair embankment failures and shoulder breaks along KY 172 in Johnson County will slow traffic for the next 6-8 weeks, according to Tim Spence, Highway District 12 engineer at the Paintsville Section Office in Staffordsville.
The work is concentrated between mile points 4 and 11, one of the hardest-hit areas during flash flooding earlier this year.
“Between the state highway garage and Cantrell’s Creek,” Spencer said, “there will be drilling equipment moving from break to break along the highway. It takes about 45 minutes to set up the equipment each time we drill, and the rig is so big that it takes up almost both lanes of the highway. We can’t move traffic through when the rig is in the middle of the roadway. We are sorry, but there just isn’t enough room to do the work and also move traffic safely.”
Spencer explained that after railroad steel is installed at the sites of embankment failures, crews will go back to crib each site and bring it up to the grade of the roadway, using gravel or milling material to surface the area.
“We appreciate everyone’s patience. Let’s just hope the weather continues to hold out so we can get this work done before real winter sets in.”