Department of Highways, District 10
Road closures, traffic pattern changes in place along bicycle race route for Pedals and Blooms Festival; Highways in Estill, Lee, Menifee, Powell and Wolfe counties affected

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, June 13, 2006  
Contact Information:  H.B. ELKINS
INFORMATION OFFICER,
DISTRICT 10
(606) 666-8841
hb.elkins@ky.gov
http://transportation.ky.gov/d10
 


JACKSON, KY. – (June 13, 2006) -- Motorists in Estill, Lee, Menifee, Powell and Wolfe counties should be aware of temporary road closures and traffic pattern changes on area highways for this weekend's inaugural Pedals and Blooms Festival.

A number of bicycle races and rallies will take place along state roads over the weekend in the five counties, necessitating the traffic pattern changes.

"We are interested in cooperating with area tourism organizations to promote economic development in the region," said District 10 Chief District Engineer Linda Wagner-Justice, "but our overriding concern is the safety of the bicyclists, motorists, area residents and visitors. Therefore we ask everyone who will be driving along these affected routes to use extreme caution during the weekend's events and the bicycle races and rallies."

The following closures will be in effect during the event:

Friday, June 16

KY 52 (Main Street) in Beattyville will be closed between River Drive and KY 11.

Saturday, June 17

KY 52 (Main Street) in Beattyville will be closed between River Drive and KY 11.

KY 2073 (Hall's Lane) in Stanton between KY 11/KY 15 (College Avenue) and the Clark Energy office will be closed to through traffic from 8 a.m. until approximately 4:30. This street is adjacent to Powell County High School and serves as the staging area and start-finish line for the bicycle races.

KY 11/KY 15 (College Avenue) and KY 2073 (Hall's Lane) will be closed between 9 and 9:30 a.m. for a parade.

Beginning at 10 a.m., the 50-mile and 80-mile "Battle on the Byway" races will require a "rolling roadblock" and intermittent intersection closures along the routes until approximately 4 p.m. Both races will begin at the Clark Energy parking lot on KY 2073 (Hall's Lane) and follow KY 2026 (Maple Street) east, KY 213 north, KY 615 east, KY 599 south, KY 613 south, KY 11/KY 15 south, and KY 77 north and KY 715 south through the Red River Gorge to Pine Ridge.

At that point, the routes separate. The 50-mile racers will take KY 15 north down Slade Hill and through Slade, Nada and Bowen back to Stanton, turning north onto KY 213, west onto KY 2026 (Maple Street) and south on KY 2073 (Hall's Lane) to the start-finish line. The 80-mile racers will take KY 715 south and KY 11 south through Rogers and Zachariah to Beattyville, then KY 52 west into Estill County and KY 213 north to Stanton. At Stanton, the racers will take KY 2026 (Maple Street) west and KY 2073 south (Hall's Lane) back to the start-finish line.

While the bicyclists are in the Red River Gorge, all traffic in the Gorge (KY 77 and KY 715) will flow in a clockwise direction, along with the racers. Traffic entering the Gorge from Forest Service Route 23 will not be permitted to make a right turn onto KY 77 south. Similarly, traffic heading south on KY 77 into the Gorge from Frenchburg will be required to turn left onto KY 715 south and will be prohibited from turning right and staying on KY 77. In addition, traffic will not be allowed to enter the gorge on KY 715 north from KY 15 at Pine Ridge.

Also, southbound traffic on KY 213 will be stopped at the foot of Furnace Mountain while the lead pack of racers descends the mountain into Stanton.

Major intersections that will temporarily be closed to allow racers to safely pass during the race include KY 11/KY 15 and KY 77 in Powell County, KY 15 and KY 715 in Wolfe County, KY 715 and KY 11 in Wolfe County, and the off-ramps from the Mountain Parkway to KY 213 at Exit 22 in Stanton. In addition, traffic on cross streets will be blocked in Stanton as the racers approach the finish line at the end of the race.

Sunday, June 18

KY 11/KY 15 (College Avenue) will be closed between KY 2073 (Hall's Lane) and the Powell County High School entrance from 11:15 a.m. and 6 p.m.

KY 2073 (Hall's Lane) will be closed between KY 11/KY 15 (College Avenue) and the Clark Energy building between 11:15 a.m. and 6 p.m.

There will also be road rally and "fun run" events held throughout the weekend in the area. Riders in these events will abide by the rules of the road and no closures or traffic pattern changes will be required. However, drivers and bicyclists alike should use caution and remember to "Share The Road."

Information on the Pedals and Blooms Festival can be found at www.cyclethegorge.com or www.tourseky.com. Information on the festival, as well as road conditions on highways leading to the area, can also be obtained by calling 511. Details of Bowen's cross-country ride can be seen at www.ridejoeride.org. The Transportation Cabinet's mutimodal programs and policies, including safety tips, can be viewed at bikewalk.ky.gov.

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