August 30, 2012
PDT Staff Writer
A landslide correction project is expected to get underway this week on KY 7 at Morton Hill in South Shore, according to information from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.
“Contractors began installation of signs, barrier wall and other traffic control measures Monday, Aug. 27, on KY 7 just south of downtown South Shore. Contractors expect to have temporary traffic signals in operation by late this week or early next week. Motorists should watch for message boards and signs indicating traffic changes,” said Allen Blair, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet spokesman.
Blair said the contractor on the project is ASL Excavating of Flemingsburg, Ky.
“Basically the contractor is going to take the hillside and push it back away from the road. This will help prevent future rock falls and protect the roadway and motorists better,” Blair said. “The rock cuts that’s there now have been there since the road was installed. Since then there has been quite a bit of rock fall. This project has been on the radar for quite sometime.”
He said once complete, the rock cut will look similar to the rock cuts along the AA Highway, and there will be more distance between the roadway and the hill.
“We are trying to get that hillside cut back far enough so if there is a rock fall in the future, it will not endanger the roadway or motorists if it does happen,” Blair said.
He said it’s the goal of the contractor is looking to get most of the work finished before winter.
“Traffic will be restricted to one lane and we will setup a traffic signal there. Motorists should watch for flaggers and changing traffic patterns during work days.” Blair said.
He said the project is estimated to cost around $500,000.
Wayne Allen may be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 208, or firstname.lastname@example.org.