Department of Highways, District 10
TRAFFIC ADVISORY: KY 15 to be closed overnight on Saturday, June 17 for overpass demolition

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, June 06, 2006  
Contact Information:  H.B. ELKINS
(606) 666-8841

JACKSON, KY. – (June 5, 2006) -- To allow for demolition of a pedestrian overpass that partially collapsed on March 31 due to repeated impacts from overheight loads, KY 15 in Perry County near Hazard High School will be closed from 8 p.m. Saturday, June 17 to 8 a.m. Sunday, June 18.

This closure will affect through traffic between Whitesburg and Hazard, as well as local traffic between the Hazard Bypass and Bulldog Lane.

Traffic will be rerouted onto KY 451 through Lothair and Christopher via a marked detour. However, the detour route has a height restriction of 13 feet, 6 inches, and weight restrictions ranging from 20 to 36 tons depending on the type of truck. Vehicles exceeding those height and weight limits will need to find an alternate route during the closure. No oversized vehicle detour route will be specified or marked, but one option is to use KY 160 and KY 80 through Knott County.

Law enforcement personnel will be asked to enforce the restrictions on the detour route to preserve the structural integrity of the KY 451 bridge crossing the North Fortk of the Kentucky River.

The closure is expected to last no longer than 12 hours while the damaged pedestrian bridge is removed.