Road work to repair two embankment failures on KY 292 in Martin County starts Monday morning and will continue all week. The site is between mile points 15 and 16, the straight stretch before Warfield Elementary School. Motorists are advised to use another route because the work will involve long traffic delays.
According to Brittany Ball of Highway District 12’s Prestonsburg Section Office, there are two breaks along this stretch of highway. One is 300 feet long; the other is 65 feet long. “King-Crete, our contractor on this job, will start at 8 a.m. Monday, April 2, and work into the evening. The 65-foot break will take two rows of railroad steel.”
As of Tuesday morning, April 3, the contractor will have two drilling rigs on site. “The equipment takes up more than one lane of roadway,” Ball explained. “It takes about 45 minutes to set up the drill to install the railroad steel to reinforce the embankment. The drilling process on each piece of steel can take up to 30 minutes or more. Then the drill moves on to the next piece of steel. It is a long process. That is why traffic delays are so long and why we are urging people to take another route for the rest of this week.”
Ball said the road will be much safer and more stable once this work is finished. “We will work as quickly as safety and the weather allow. We really do appreciate everyone’s understanding and patience, and thank everyone in Martin County, everyone who uses this highway, for their support.”