Busy Highway Is Open Again

By: Dara Rees Email
By: Dara Rees Email

A heavily traveled eastern Kentucky road is back open.

Several rocks crashed onto highway 80 Tuesday afternoon, closing the road for more than two hours..

Around 4 o'clock Tuesday afternoon, boulders covered the eastbound lanes of highway 80 at the Knott-Floyd County line.

Cars detoured through side roads while crews worked quickly to clear rocks from the busy highway and officials say the heavy rain didn't help.

“We brought our loader up and pushed the rock out of the way. Makes the second one in the last month that we have to do,” Garland Rogers said.

Transportation officials say the recent weather changes could be to blame for the rock slides..

“The ground freezes and cracks them and it rains and moisture comes in behind them and they just fall off. this is the worst time of year really for them,” Rogers said.

Crews pushed the rocks onto the shoulder, and they'll return Wednesday morning to remove the debris.

“We're going to cone it off and come back in the morning, start busting it up and hauling it out,” Jerry Lowe said.

These workers agree that sometimes it's best to break up the rocks.

“A lot of times it's not that big, but it's something like this you know, you try to get it out of the way until you get something here to bust it up so you can move it in smaller portions of it,” Jerry Lowe said.

Lowe says drivers should keep an eye out for rock falls with more weather changes ahead.

Highway 80 reopened around 7:00 after transportation crews cleared the road.

They also put message boards along the highway warning drivers of the rocks still on the shoulder.

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