JACKSON, KY – (Jan. 20, 2005) – The West Liberty-Sandy Hook Road, KY 7, reopened to traffic in Morgan County Wednesday afternoon after a two-week closure.
The road had been closed near mile marker 1 since Jan. 5, after a rock slide occurred in a construction zone. A new alignment of KY 7 is being built just north of West Liberty.
"Although this busy road is now open again, we urge motorists to use caution in this area," said Darren Stamper, construction supervisor for District 10. "The pavement is extremely rough and signs will warn drivers of the conditions. This is a work zone, and drivers should already be slowed down for that reason, but we are recommending extreme caution in this area."
"We appreciate the patience of Morgan County residents and motorists in the area during the road closure," said Linda Wagner-Justice, acting chief district engineer. "We realize this was an inconvenience for everyone involved. However, when this construction project is completed, drivers will have an improved, modern route to use when driving from West Liberty to Morehead, Sandy Hook or Grayson. We know KY 7 is an important primary route for this region and we are committed to making it as safe as we possibly can."
The affected area is part of a $14 million construction project to improve and widen KY 7 between US 460 and KY 519 in Morgan County. Work is expected to be finished by late this year.