Department of Highways, District 10
Transportation Cabinet urges caution during 50-Mile Yard Sale on KY 52 in Breathitt, Estill and Lee counties

Press Release Date:  Thursday, June 16, 2005  
Contact Information:  H.B. Elkins, PIO
District 10

JACKSON, KY – (June 16, 2005) -- As residents of Breathitt, Estill and Lee counties prepare for the 50-Mile Yard Sale along KY 52 on Saturday, July 2, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is urging motorists to use caution during the sale and over the Independence Day holiday weekend.

"We know this event will generate a lot of interest and a lot of traffic, so we want to make sure that vendors and shoppers alike take all due care to prevent a tragedy," said Linda Wagner-Justice, chief district engineer for District 10, which includes the three counties.

The Transportation Cabinet offers the following tips for those who will be attending the KY 52 yard sale, as well as for other motorists who will be traveling that day:

  • Watch out for parked cars, slowed traffic and vehicles turning into or out of side streets and driveways.
  • Park a safe distance from the highway, preferably outside a 22-foot "recovery zone" extending from the white line on the pavement edge. This area gives motorists plenty of room in which to maneuver in case of trouble. Parking on the shoulder of the road is discouraged.
  • Watch for pedestrians crossing the road, and especially for children or pets in the area of yard sales.
  • Use seat belts, obey posted speed limits and other traffic laws, and refrain from drinking and driving.

State law prohibits encroachments on state right-of-way without a permit, and this includes roadside sales. The statutory cite is KRS 177.106.

"The statute forbids anything that interferes with ‘the safe, convenient and continuous use’ of the highway, and the Transportation Cabinet considers roadside sales on state right-of-way to fall under this category," Wagner-Justice said. We want to make sure that the traveling public has the proper amount of sight distance for intersections, driveway entrances and curves. Vendors who set up their sales on the right-of-way can interfere with the necessary sight distance, as can motorists who park along the shoulders of the road. Therefore, in the interests of safety, we are requesting that no sales take place on the right-of-way in accordance with state law."

"We applaud the efforts of community leaders in these three counties to increase tourism and generate economic activity in our region, but we want to ensure the safety of the traveling public, especially on this busy holiday weekend," Wagner-Justice said. "That is our primary focus."