Friday, April 29, 2016

Embankment failure repair work starts Monday on KY 2381 in Johnson County

JOHNSON COUNTY – Friday, April 29, 2016 -- Work starts Monday, May 2, to repair a 305-foot long embankment failure on KY 2381 at Johns Creek in Johnson County.

According to Highway District 12 Engineer Tim Spencer, the work consists of excavating the road break and replacing it with a design from GeoStabilization International.

GSI recently completed a rockfall mitigation project in Pike County and is repairing an embankment failure on KY 292 in Pike County using similar techniques. In areas where there is not enough rock underneath the road surface to support drilling railroad steel, GSI uses a soil nail technique. This involves placing rebar underneath the pavement, perpendicular to the roadway, from the break to the hillside, shooting the opening with concrete, and then facing the break with concrete that has built-in drainage.

The contractor plans to work from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, with some Saturday work possible. The repairs will take about three weeks to complete. Traffic will be down to one lane, Spencer said, so delays are possible. “We apologize for the temporary inconvenience,” Spencer said, “but the delays in using this process instead of drilling railroad steel will be minimal by comparison. Even though traffic will be reduced to one lane, the road will not be completely blocked at any time, so traffic should keep moving and delays should be minimal.”