Department of Highways, District 10
New KY 52 Beattyville bypass open to traffic

Press Release Date:  Monday, December 01, 2008  
Contact Information:  H. B. Elkins
Public Information Officer
Department of Highways, District 10
473 Highway 15 South, P.O. Box 621
Jackson, KY 41339

JACKSON, KY – The new routing of KY 52 in Beattyville, bypassing downtown, is now open to traffic. Although construction is not complete, the project is at a point where drivers can now use the new facility.


As a result of the road being opened to through traffic, some traffic patterns that were in use during construction have changed.


Previously, a temporary four-way stop was in effect at the intersection of West Main Street, Carlisle Avenue, and the new route. That four-way stop condition has been removed and traffic traveling on the new KY 52 will not be required to stop. Traffic heading west on old KY 52 (West Main Street) and traffic on Carlisle Avenue/Silver Creek Road will still be required to stop.


Also, traffic heading toward Beattyville on KY 1144 (Center Street) will now be required to stop at the new route. Previously, KY 1144 traffic used a portion of the new route as a detour after the railroad crossing was closed and was not required to stop.


Final paving and finishing work is yet to be completed on the new route, and work will be done during the winter and into the spring as weather permits. Upon completion of the project, the bypassed portion of Main Street will be turned over to the city of Beattyville and will no longer be maintained by the state.


The new route eliminates two at-grade railroad crossings and bypasses a substandard railroad underpass, and allows through traffic to bypass Beattyville’s narrow Main Street.


As work on the final touches continues, motorists are asked to used caution on the new KY 52. Construction activities are scheduled on a tentative basis and are subject to change depending on weather conditions. Motorists are asked to "Drive Smart" in work zones and be aware of workers, traffic control devices and construction equipment when traveling in areas where projects are ongoing. They are also encouraged to use caution as drivers adjust to these new traffic pattern changes.