IVEL – Drivers frequently driving the stretch of U.S. 23 beginning around Tram can finally breathe a sigh of relief as construction has been completed on a mud slide that occurred the evening of May 25.
Heavy rains pounded the area caused rocks and trees to fall to the highway, completely covering two lanes.
The slide caused instability to the surface above the road, forcing officials to determine that it was in the best interest of the public to close a large section of the highway and send traffic through a detour. Traffic was often delayed as much as an hour during the beginning repair phase as the top priority was to ensure ensure public safety.
Crews installed a rock fall barrier fence to catch any falling rock or slides in the future. The final step of removing the orange barrels happened on Monday, Sept. 26.
“It is a relief to have the roadway stable and construction complete,” said Drema Cooley, of Harold. “In the beginning of construction, traffic was routed through Prater, which on some days took over an hour due. It caused me to be late for several things including work and picking my children up from school.”
Officials say the highway is open completely and ask drivers to continue to drive safely through the area as well as all areas in the county.
Andrea Saddler is a reporter for The Floyd County Times. She can be reached at (606) 886-8506.