JACKSON, KY – (May 10, 2005) -- For proud relatives and friends of the members of Morehead State University’s Class of 2005 who will be attending the school’s commencement on Saturday, May 14, the Department of Highways is recommending an alternate route to avoid a closure of the highway many drivers ordinarily take to get to Morehead.
In order to replace a culvert, KY 205 will be closed at mile marker 2.8 in Breathitt County on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., weather permitting. The closure will affect traffic between KY 15 at Vancleve and the Mountain Parkway and KY 191 at Helechawa. Traffic from Jackson, Hazard and Whitesburg to West Liberty and Morehead, and vice versa, will be affected.
The Department of Highways recommends that motorists heading to Morehead continue north on KY 15 through Campton and enter the Mountain Parkway westbound. Drivers should then immediately exit the Mountain Parkway at Exit 42, Quillins Chapel Road, turn left and cross the bridge, and re-enter the Mountain Parkway eastbound. They can then exit onto KY 205 at Exit 57 and resume their normal route.
Another alternative is to take KY 191 east at Campton and enter the Mountain Parkway eastbound at Exit 46, near Stillwater, and continue east to Exit 57.
Both detours should add no more than 30 minutes to the normal travel time for using KY 205.
The MSU commencement ceremony is scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m. Motorists traveling through the area prior to 8 a.m. can continue to use KY 205 until that time. If they are returning home prior to the 8 p.m. scheduled reopening, they should follow the detour route in reverse.
In case of inclement weather, or if the volume of water flowing through the pipe is too high to do the work, the culvert replacement project will be postponed.
No problems are anticipated for another work zone along the route, the KY 7 construction project north of West Liberty, but motorists are asked to use caution in that area and slow down for rough pavement in the vicinity.