Department of Highways, District 10
Long delays likely on KY 52 in Lee County at Sharp Rock for construction blasting

Press Release Date:  Thursday, January 12, 2006  
Contact Information:  H.B. ELKINS
(606) 666-8841

JACKSON, KY – (Jan. 12, 2006) – Motorists on KY 52 east of Beattyville in Lee County will encounter long traffic delays for blasting on a $3.7 million safety improvement project at Sharp Rock.

Today at noon, contractors will close the road for blasting and cleanup of debris. This closure will last until approximately 3 p.m.

Similar closures can be expected intermittently over the course of the next three or four weeks as work on the rockfall mitigation project continues.

Electronic message boards will be placed near Jackson and Beattyville to alert drivers to the possibility of delays. During these closures, through traffic can either use KY 11 and KY 30 through Booneville; or KY 11, KY 715, the Mountain Parkway and KY 15 through Campton as a detour route between Beattyville and Jackson. Motorists should watch these message boards for up-to-date information regarding the possibility of delays.

Construction activities are scheduled on a tentative basis and are subject to change depending on weather conditions. Motorists are urged to use caution in the work zone and are asked to "Drive Smart" when workers and equipment are present and operating.