Work continues on Spicy Mountain; road closed to traffic until at least Thursday;
MARTIN COUNTY – January 28, 2013 – Highway District 12 officials report good progress on Spicy Mountain (KY 40) in Martin County. Crowd Transporters crews are repairing the break near the Johnson County line. Traffic has been reduced to one lane since the early morning pavement collapse on January 17.
Brittany Ball, an engineer with Highway District 12, said that the road needs to remain closed to all traffic from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. for a few more days. “We had hoped to open one lane by today,” she said, “and we tried, but it isn’t working very well. We are still setting the inside row of cribs and have increased the length of the second row from what we originally thought would be sufficient.”
Ball said that the road will remain closed at least through Thursday, January 31. If the weather cooperates, she said that work should have advanced by that time to the point that one lane can remain open all the time, using the temporary traffic signal that is already in operation at the site.
“We want to thank people for their understanding and patience,” Ball said. “We are working as quickly as safety and the weather allow.” She also pointed out that one lane remains open from 5 p.m. until 8 a.m. “People just need to make sure they observe the traffic signal at night and drive cautiously in the work zone.”