Traffic is down to one lane on Spicy Mountain near the Johnson-Martin County line. A pavement break started shifting yesterday and settled overnight to a point that makes it a safety issue for motorists.
The site is between mile points 22 and 23. Superintendent Barry Spriggs reports that the District Sign/Signal crew is en route to set up portable message boards and a temporary traffic signal. Meanwhile flaggers are directing traffic, so people who are driving this section of KY 40 need to slow down on Spicy Mountain and be aware that there are highway workers at the site.
“This break is scheduled for permanent repairs,” Spriggs said, “but the weather is not yet reliable enough to do work like this yet. It will involve drilling railroad steel, backfilled, and putting down new asphalt. The asphalt plants have been closed for the winter; they are scheduled to re-open next week, so we will soon see work zones like this one all over the district as we enter our spring and summer maintenance and construction season.
“Right now, the message boards and the temporary traffic signal are the best things we can do for the safety of people who travel this road. We thank everyone for slowing down and having respect for the flaggers. We also want to thank everyone for obeying the temporary traffic signal. This is one of those times when we all need to take care of each other on our roadways just like we do in every other aspect of life.”