Repair work continues on flood-damaged Eastern Kentucky roads

JACKSON, Ky. (FOX 56) — It’s been nearly a week and a half since the devastating floods in eastern Kentucky, and there’s still a lot of work to do.

In the latest update from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, crews are working to repair national highways damaged during historic flooding in Breathitt and Perry counties last month. Four roads remain closed and some of the closures are expected to be long-term.

Work continues to repair major pavement breaks on KY 451 in Perry County, KY 1110 in Breathitt County and KY 1278 in Breathitt County. Daytime closures are in effect for KY 1110 while work continues.

District 10 traffic crews have been busy installing warning signs to warn drivers of curb breaks and slips. Drivers should heed these warning signs and watch for road damage, and yield to oncoming traffic where the roadway is reduced to one lane.

Weekend rain caused minor flooding and short state road closures in Menifee, Lee and Powell counties, but the water had subsided and all of those roads were open to traffic Monday morning.

Five locations on four state highways remain closed, all in Perry County. All other roads in the district are open and considered passable, but breaks and other damage are present in some places.

KYTC has established a website for road condition reports and flood recovery information at Updates can be found there, as well as the District 10 Facebook and Twitter pages. Links are also available for sources of information on road conditions in Districts 11 and 12, which also suffered heavy flood damage.

Motorists should continue to exercise extreme caution if driving through flood-damaged areas and are urged to avoid driving on these roads unless absolutely necessary. Unnecessary tourist visits are discouraged, as this traffic can interfere with vital rescue and recovery operations.

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