Transportation Cabinet working to correct problems on KY 2 in Greenup County
FLEMINGSBURG, KY - (Aug. 1, 2005) -- Under the administration of Governor Ernie Fletcher, the mission of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is to provide a safe and reliable transportation system for all Kentuckians. This involves maintaining existing roads as well as planning new construction, with an emphasis on making improvements to enhance safe travel.
The Transportation Cabinet is making short-term repairs to a problematic section of KY 2 along the Little Sandy River in Greenup County, as well as proceeding with long-range plans for a new route in the area.
Repairs are ongoing on the existing highway between KY 1459 at Kaut and US 23 at Greenup to improve drainage, stabilize the roadway and remove rockslides.
These repairs include:
· Replacement of 12 failed cross drains;
· Ditching along the five-mile section;
· Drilling steel at two locations (milepoints 13.7 and 14.4) to correct slips;
· Excavating unsuitable roadway material and placing geotextile fabric and rock to halt further slips at milepoint 14.0;
· Realigning a small portion of the highway at milepoint 15.6; and
· Removing two mudslides that encroached onto the roadway.
These repairs represent an investment of approximately $275,000 to keep KY 2 open and make it safer and more functional for traffic.
In addition, the release of $1.5 million was approved in June for design work on a new alignment of KY 2 between Kaut and Greenup. The Transportation Cabinet will be advertising for a consultant to assist with designing the project. This new highway will stretch from milepoints 13.2 to 17.2, for a total distance of 4.0 miles, and will consist of two 12-foot lanes with shoulders varying in width from 8 to 12 feet.