Kentucky 8 to be Closed Again

May 16, 2012

By Marla Toncray
The Ledger Independent

Kentucky 8 west of Maysville will be closed for a second time in order to stabilize a slip on the riverbank side of the road.

The closure will be for two weeks, according to officials with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, District 9 Office in Flemingsburg.<--break->Last week, the road was closed to traffic due to a landslide that dumped debris, earth and trees onto the road.

The area being repaired for the next two weeks is farther west than last week's landslide and is related to a slip in the embankment that occurred last year. Due to the erosion of the embankment, the roadbed has begun to buckle and deteriorate.

Allen Blair with the District 9 Office said the repairs were scheduled to begin this week , well before last week's landslide.

Officials said contractors with Soil Nail Launcher Inc. are installing steel and concrete “soil nails” to stabilize the embankment. Due to equipment in the roadway, it will be necessary to close Kentucky 8 each day from approximately 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.

During construction, traffic should detour using U.S. 62 and Kentucky 3056. At other times, the route will be one lane at the construction site. Motorists should watch for temporary traffic signals, and should expect delays.