JACKSON, KY – (Jan. 5, 2005) -- After a preliminary examination of a rock slide Wednesday morning which resulted in the closure of KY 7 in Morgan County, Kentucky Department of Highways personnel now estimate that it may take three days or longer to remove the obstruction and reopen the highway.
The Department of Highways was forced to close KY 7, West Liberty-Sandy Hook Road, just north of West Liberty near mile marker 1, after the rock slide occurred in the construction zone where a new alignment of KY 7 is being built. The affected area is between KY 7’s intersections with US 460 and KY 519.
No injuries and no property damage resulted from the rockfall.
One variable in the amount of time it will take the contractor to remove the fallen boulders is the weather. The slide was hastened by recent rainfall that saturated the ground, and long-range forecasts call for more precipitation through the end of the week and into early next week. The Ohio Valley is projected to be the intersection point of three storm systems moving into the United States, and a period of unsettled weather could develop that might include flooding rain, severe thunderstorms, or possibly a winter storm.
This closure affects motorists traveling between West Liberty and Morehead, Sandy Hook and Grayson. During the closure, motorists are asked to detour via US 460, KY 172 and KY 1161. Northbound KY 7 traffic heading for Morehead will be able to turn back onto KY 7 south from KY 1161 to reach KY 519 north. Southbound KY 519 traffic heading for West Liberty will need to turn onto KY 7 north and reverse the detour route.