Department of Highways, District 7
Work Set to Begin Restoring Historic Dry Stone Double Arched Culvert

Press Release Date:  Friday, November 17, 2006  
Contact Information:  David B. Thacker
Public Information Officer
Kentucky Transportation Cabinet
District Seven



Work Set to Begin Restoring Historic Dry Stone Double Arched Culvert


Joint project provides training opportunity in the lost art of dry laid stone construction


LEXINGTON, KY (November 17, 2006)— Dry Stone Walls are an ever present historic and cultural feature found throughout the Central Kentucky Region.  Over the years the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has taken a proactive role in preserving and restoring these walls when impacted by highway improvement projects.  The ever popular walls are just one example of the use of dry laid stone found throughout the region.


Often overlooked, due to the lack of visibility, are the few remaining dry stone culverts which are found along some of our rural roadways.  One such location can be found on KY 1268 (Glass Mill Road) between mile points 10 - 11 in Jessamine County.  The original structure was built in the late 1800’s and was extended to accommodate a wider highway at some point during the 1920’s.  In the past, these examples of historic craftsmanship were often removed and replaced with conventional concrete or steel structures.  Today the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is working to preserve these historic structures and highlight our distinct cultural resources.


Beginning Monday, November 20, 2006, the Cabinet, through a joint venture with the University of Kentucky and the Dry Stone Conservancy, will begin restoring this historic structure.  The project will consist of the removal and reconstruction of the 1920’s addition which has suffered damage over the years.  The original 1800’s section remains in excellent condition and will not have to be rebuilt. “Preserving Kentucky’s unique cultural heritage is a top priority for this administration,” said Secretary Bill Nighbert.  “Projects such as this exemplify the unbridled spirit, not only of today’s Kentuckian, but also our forefathers.”


To complete this project KY 1268 will be closed for approximately 4 weeks.  All work on this $100,000 project will be performed by the Dry Stone Conservancy and state maintenance forces.  During this project no detour will be assigned as many alternates exist to navigate the closure.  Appropriate signs, barricades and other traffic control devices will be utilized to mark the closure.


All work is scheduled on a tentative basis and is subject to change depending on weather conditions, emergencies and other factors beyond the control of the Department of Highways.  The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet asks motorists to be aware of the closure and to utilize safe driving habits in the area during the shut down.




Photo of existing double culvert