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Turkey Road Closed for Repairs

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CONTACT: Sara George, Information Officer ● Highway District 12

109 Loraine Street ● Pikeville, Kentucky 41501

606-433-4087 (office) ● 606-207-3950 (mobile) ● sara.george@ky.gov

ROAD REPAIRS START ON KY 908 IN MARTIN COUNTY

MARTIN COUNTY -- Jan. 9, 2020 - LONG-AWAITED ROAD REPAIRS STARTED TODAY ON KY 908 IN MARTIN COUNTY. BEGINNING TOMORROW, THE ROAD WILL BE CLOSED TO ALL TRAFFIC FROM 8 A.M. UNTIL 3:30 P.M. EACH WEEKDAY FOR THE NEXT SEVERAL WEEKS.

According to Highway District 12 Section Engineer Matt Moore, embankment failures along a 500-stretch will be repaired by the state’s contractor, KingCrete. The work involves drilling railroad steel to reinforce the embankment, then cribbing and backfilling along the shoulder and repaving the roadway.

School bus traffic in the mornings and afternoons will be accommodated. The road should be open in the evenings, from about 3:30 p.m. until 8 a.m., and around the clock on weekends.

“We apologize for the short notice,” Moore said. “The contractor knew we were anxious to have this work under way, and when the company finished a job yesterday that they were working in Johnson County, they moved to Martin County this morning.”

Moore also apologized for the temporary inconvenience. “People have been anticipating these repairs for some time,” he said, “because we were waiting for utility companies, specifically AT&T, to move their overhead lines out of the way. We could not put people and equipment, which is tall enough to touch them, underneath live utility lines. So our contractor simply had to wait until that work was done. Wouldn’t you know, when it was finished, the contractor had already started another job in Johnson County. But KingCrete is on KY 908 now and will stay with that job until the road is repaired and can re-open to traffic.”



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