Rocky ride on Highway 38 detour

By: Kendall Downing Email
By: Kendall Downing Email

It's a rocky ride for folks living on Highway 38 in Harlan County. The highway has been blocked since Friday because of a massive mud slide. Monday night, crews opened a detour.

Most folks we talked with who live in the area tell us they are glad they can now get to Harlan. But making that drive is bumpy business.

For many, the Highway 38 detour is not ideal.

"The road is so long, said Bridgett Wynn of Closplint, "I mean, it's really, it's a headache."

Folks wait in line for their turn to drive by the tracks.

Once moving, you'd better buckle your seat belt. Rocks and sticks greet those that come through.

"It's not too bad. The road's better that way instead of taking the long way, the two hour route that they've got," said Jeromy Coots.

Coots does not have to go far to find the detour. It's behind his house.

"I thought it'd be a lot better the way gas prices are. It'd save a lot of people and be a better way to go," said Coots.

And while it may be quicker, some are left to wonder what this route could ruin.

"It's almost like you've got to have a four-wheel drive to get through this. I don't know that we can take this. There's got to be another solution," said Wynn.

A community meeting started at 6 p.m. at the Willow Grove Church for those who live in the area.

We will have a report from that meeting, Tuesday evening.

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