JACKSON, KY – (Jan. 20, 2005) -- Effective Monday, Jan. 24, the Kentucky Department of Highways will close and barricade KY 1096, Avawam-Fourseam Road, in Perry County. The closure will take place between mile markers 5 and 6 and will remain in effect for six to eight months while repairs are made on the highway.
The route was officially closed to through traffic several years ago due to a major embankment failure and break in the pavement, but local traffic has continued to use the road since no permanent barriers were in place.
A construction project, set to begin this week, will repair and improve this dangerous section of highway. For the work to be completed, no traffic can be allowed to use the road. Therefore, the road will be barricaded to prevent its use.
"We apologize for the inconvenience to motorists, but in the end the improvements will be worth the temporary closure," said Linda Wagner-Justice, chief district engineer. "When the work is completed, not only will the road be repaired, but it will be made safer for the traveling public."
KY 1096 is an eight-mile-long route connecting KY 80 near Avawam, west of Hazard, and KY 15 near Fourseam, south of Hazard. The closure is nearest to the KY 15 terminus.