KY 1103 at Linefork could be closed as long as another week and a half as contractors attempt to repair a section of the highway that sunk across both lanes during heavy rains in February.
The road is one of many in Letcher County that suffered severe damages as a result of the weather. Several of those are slated for repairs soon.
The most involved repair begun so far is on KY 1103, where the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s contractor, Geotechnical Services International (GSI), started repairs April 22 at mile point 1.13.
GSI is reinforcing the KY 1103 from underneath using a process called soil nailing. Workers install closely spaced bars (rebar) perpendicular to the roadway. Drainage pipe is installed as well.
Wire mesh and sprayed concrete (shotcrete) finish the face of the embankment.
The work was expected to take up to three weeks, during which time the roadway will remain closed.
Drivers have been using the Southeast Road, a county road that the state paved a few years ago, as a detour. Southeast Road connects KY 1103 to Tolson Road and KY 588 at Roxana. The other alternate goes through Ingram’s Creek Road, Flintfield Road and Boggs Hollow to KY 160.
The Cabinet announced this week that $100,000 in Rural Secondary Road Aid emergency funds will be used for slide repairs at two locations in the city limits of Whitesburg.
The first is on Bass Road north of KY 931 at mile point 0.027. The second is on Jenkins Road west of Main Street between mile points 0.120 and 0.250, near the Letcher County Recreation Center.
The city is responsible for that project, and a check will be issued directly to the City of Whitesburg.
Another $37,200.00 in County Road Aid Emergency Funds has been awarded for slide repair on Yonts Fork off north of KY 317.
The Letcher County Fiscal Court is responsible for all phases of that work, and a check will be issued directly to the county from County Road Aid Emergency Funds.
Meanwhile, structural safety inspections on overhead sign support structures, high mast lighting poles, and traffic signal mast arm poles started Monday on US 23 from Paintsville to Jenkins.
The inspections were to start in the Paintsville area and will follow US 23 southbound through to the Jenkins area. Inspections will also take place on US 119, KY 3174 (new US 460), and KY 80.
Work should last about 10-12 working days (Monday Friday). Roadway shoulder closures are anticipated, but lane closures are not expected. Any traffic delays will be few and brief, according to the highway department.
H.W. Lochner, Inc. of Lexington is the contractor for the inspection project.