Heavily traveled road in Mercer Co. closing for weeks

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MERCER COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - A traffic alert will impact drivers in central Kentucky. It's going to affect anyone traveling on U.S. 68 for the next few weeks.

Starting at 7:00 Tuesday morning, part of U.S. 68 was shut down between Coghil Lane and the Brooklyn Bridge at the Kentucky River.

Crews will be working to repair damage from landslides along the road. Transportation officials say there will be no through traffic for several weeks, only local access.

Of course, there is a detour that will take drivers from 68 west to the Harrodsburg Bypass, east on the Bluegrass Parkway to 33 south and then back onto 68.

The closing of this heavily traveled road will no doubt impact drivers. Many didn't even know the road was going to close.

"I had no idea. I might have seen something on a Facebook page," says Stephanie Moses, who lives in Jessamine County and drives on 68 frequently. "It's mind of dangerous because there are drivers who travel on 68. So, for them to have to turn around especially with it being a small, narrow, curvy road it's going to be hard. When I'm here in Wilmore, I'll just have to go back into 27, down and back around."

Tuesday was the first day for the closure, but expect it to last over the next three weeks.

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