Department of Highways, District 10
Removal of debris from ice storm to begin Monday in six District 10 counties

Press Release Date:  Friday, February 13, 2009  
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 – Contractors will begin removing vegetative debris from Kentucky’s recent ice storm in Breathitt, Estill, Magoffin, Menifee, Powell and Morgan counties on Monday, Feb. 16.


This effort will include all state routes in each county, as well as county roads in Powell County.


The work will consist of removing fallen trees and branches from highway rights-of-way, as well as cutting leaning or overhanging trees that still constitute a hazard to motorists.


Contractors will only be picking up fallen trees and branches along the roadside. They will not pick up metal, plastic or wood products such as paneling, siding, plywood or cut lumber. Only one pass will be made along each highway. Contractors also will not be going onto private property to remove fallen trees and limbs from yards or fields.


Dates that debris will be picked up along specific highways have not been determined. Work schedules will be set on a tentative basis, and may be impacted by weather conditions as well as quantities of debris encountered by the crews.


Motorists are urged to watch for these debris removal crews once they begin work. They are urged to “Drive Smart” and be on the lookout for flaggers and equipment in the impacted areas. This work will require lane closures on multi-lane routes, and temporary traffic stoppages on two-lane routes. Drivers should anticipate delays and plan their trips accordingly.