US 23 Remains Closed, Detoured Between Greenup and Industrial Parkway as Safety Precaution
Utility company working at transmission line tower
FLEMINGSBURG, Ky. (2:30 PM, Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021) – All lanes of US 23 will remain detoured for several more days just north of the Industrial Parkway (milepoint 8.6) in Greenup County as a safety precaution while American Electric Power works at a tower carrying overhead transmission lines.
The highway closed Monday night so AEP engineers could evaluate a 765-kilovolt transmission line tower after portions of the structure and several insulators were found hanging improperly after recent ice storms.
At the company’s request today, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has extended the closure to ensure public safety as work and repairs continue over the next few days.
Until further notice, all US 23 traffic is detoured using KY 67, KY 207, and KY 1 along the following routes:
- Northbound US 23: Turn left on KY 67 south at Wurtland, travel KY 67 for four miles, then exit right onto KY 207, and follow KY 207 to KY 1 north to return to US 23 at Greenup.
- Southbound US 23: Turn right on KY 1 south, travel KY 1 for nearly 5 miles, then turn left on KY 207 towards Flatwoods, then at the interchange take KY 67 north to return to US 23 at Wurtland.
Because heavy traffic and delays are expected along the detour route, all through traffic between the Ashland and Portsmouth areas – or US 23 destinations farther north and south – should consider alternate routes such as US 52 through Ohio.
The detour route might not be ideal for tractor trailers and large commercial vehicles. Those vehicles are advised to avoid the area and seek alternate routes if possible.