IVEL – Traffic is being halted from time to time on US 23 at Ivel in Floyd County as part of the rockfall mitigation project currently under way on top of the mountain adjacent to the highway. The periodic interruption in traffic flow could remain in effect during daylight hours for several weeks, according to Darold Slone, Engineering Branch Manager for Highway District 12.
“Please be patient during this time,” Slone asked motorists. “We have removed a considerable amount of rock, earth, and vegetation from the top of the hill. There is some rock that will have to come off over the hillside. We can’t safely get to it any other way. We have removed all that we safely can remove from the top side and the only alternative is to go over the hill toward the highway.”
Spotters on the hill and on the roadway will work with flaggers to stop traffic when necessary and hold traffic until any loose rock and debris is cleared. “We are using every possible safety precaution during this work,” Slone said. “We need people to be patient and do their part to drive safely in the work zone. We will make sure that the work zone roadway is clear and that drivers are protected from the excavation under way to rid the area of this rockfall and slide hazard.”