Dead Man’s Curve road project starts Monday; construction detours traffic until May 2020
LAWRENCE COUNTY (Wed., Oct. 9, 2019) – KY 2565 in Louisa closes to all traffic on Monday, October 14, and is expected to remain closed until May of next year while the state’s contractor realigns the road to eliminate what locals know as Dead Man’s Curve.
Signs designating the work zone area go up this week. Motorists are advised to observe where the work zone begins and ends so that they will understand how to detour around the area beginning next week.
The project is designed to eliminate the 2565 curve between mile points 3.2 and 3.35, just before the road intersects with KY 3 (Eloise Preece Street, which turns into Pocahontas Drive), improve sight distance, and enhance safety.
Mountain Enterprises holds the low-bid contract at $1,037,727.65, and has 100 working days to complete the project. Roger McPeek, the contractor’s project manager, said the planned timetable is to finish the work around May 15, 2020. The road will be closed throughout the work zone until that time.
Doug Wright, Highway District 12 Section Engineer, whose office oversees and inspects the work, said that local officials and residents encouraged the Transportation Cabinet to eliminate the curve and realign the roadway.
“Crash records, current engineering standards, and common sense all indicate that this intersection will be much safer once these improvements are made,” Wright said. “We have worked on this project design for some time, including utility relocations and right-of-way considerations. We realize the road closure will be a temporary inconvenience, but everyone is on board, and we are anxious for the contractor to get started.”