US 119 bypass ahead of schedule in Letcher County

By: Morgan Lentes Email
By: Morgan Lentes Email

PARTRIDGE, Ky (WYMT) - Road crews are ahead of schedule in Letcher County.

Earlier this summer, WYMT visited the site of a new bypass going up along US Highway 119 in the Partridge community. Fast forward to December and a project supervisor tells us thanks to fair weather conditions, they have been able to push up the project's completion date by months.

Right now it is still a bumpy ride along the new portion of Highway 119 but it will not be that way for long. And the prospect of a new road has folks that live near the construction site, like Doyle Cornett, excited.

"I am looking forward to it a whole lot because it will take the traffic off here and make it easier to get in and out where we live," said Cornett.

Soon the rocks, the rubble and the construction crews will be gone. In their absence, project superintendent Jamie Adkins said there will be a straighter, safer road for drivers.

"The bridge should be done hopefully in January. The rock and all the dirt should be moved probably end of February. The whole job will be complete probably early spring," said Adkins.

The original completion date is still one year away. Adkins credits his workers with making the project run so smoothly.

"We got a good crew," said Adkins.

For local residents, the sooner it is done, the better.

"It is dangerous to get in and out. If you are not careful, you will get ran over," said Cornett.

Adkins said he has crews working both day and night to assure the project is finished as quickly as possible. He added that when the project is done, the road will have two 12-foot-wide driving lanes along with two 10-foot-wide shoulders. He said this will make traveling the mountainous area easier for drivers.

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