FLOYD COUNTY/KNOTT COUNTY LINE – Early Tuesday morning, Highway District 12 officials were in the process of closing one eastbound lane of KY 80 at the site of a rockslide which occurred earlier on Tuesday morning. The passing lane will remain open to traffic.
A large boulder fell on the shoulder of the roadway around 4 a.m. today, scattering small rocks and debris across all four lanes of the highway. The scatter was removed quickly by Highway District 12’s maintenance crew. Reflective orange and white barrels were lined around the large boulder on the shoulder to warn motorists to slow down. Work to remove the boulder could not begin until after daylight.
Darold Slone, Engineering Branch Manager at D-12, said the huge rock must be broken into pieces small enough to haul off in a dump truck. The district’s contractor is en route to begin this process, which will take several hours, if not most of the day.
Slone said the pavement is wet. “People really need to slow down as they approach this work zone,” he cautioned. “Workers and heavy equipment will be on site until the material is drilled down to manageable pieces and cleared. Please drive cautiously in the work zone for your own safety as well as the safety of the workers.”