JANUARY 19, 2016
Tree removal on KY 40 near Kermit Bridge slows traffic
MARTIN COUNTY – Tuesday, January 19, 2016 – The public should expect long delays along KY 40 near the Kermit Bridge as Highway District 12’s contractor, Swartz, removes trees from rock cliffs in this area. Flaggers will direct traffic.
Work started this morning, Tuesday, January 19, and will continue for several days, depending on the weather. Since snow is predicted for tomorrow through Friday, the work will resume after the weather clears.
Brittany Ball, EIT with D-12’s Prestonsburg Section, said that the specific area along KY 40 is from mile point 19.847 at Collins Creek to milepoint 20.206 at KY 292/Kermit Bridge.
Ball said the reason for traffic delays is that the trees are in places high above the pavement and probably will fall onto the roadway at times. Plus, the crew needs time to clean the roadway of any debris before traffic resumes.
“We want to make sure the work zone is clear so that people and their vehicles are safe while this work is under way,” Ball said. “We apologize for the inconvenience, but we’d rather get these trees out of the way than let them fall on their own when we have high winds or a big storm. Safety is our first priority and this is a safety measure for everyone who travels this part of KY 40.”