Route 40 in Martin County closed for repair

MARTIN COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - Part of Route 40 in Martin County was closed on Tuesday to begin repairing a break in the road.

The traffic on Route 40 was replaced by road crews and heavy machinery. Superintendent Jerry Todd explains the project, "We are drilling holes with a rotary drill so we can put railroad steel in to hold the road, then we will crib it with cribbing and then we will backfill it and try to build the road back."

Officials say 400 feet of pavement broke away. Todd adds, "The first section that sank down the worse is about 125 feet long. We are going to have to drill two rows of steel to support this and get our road built back.

Fred Bowen can see the damaged road from his porch, "It was worse than I thought it was." Knowing the road would be closed, Bowen planned ahead, "I went ahead and got me a few groceries."

Bowen says if he really needs to get somewhere he knows alternate routes but others may not, "Many people travel through here and all of them don't know the backroads around here I am sure."

Officials say they are doing everything to get this stretch of road back open quickly and make sure this does not happen again. Todd says, "It is all for the safety of the public and to get the road built back and try to get less of an inconvenience as we can and open it back up."

Officials will open the road to traffic after 5 pm each day. Todd explains, "We've got a temporary traffic signal to keep it to one lane and allow traffic in the hours we are not working."

Since this project is extensive, officials say it will take at least two weeks to complete.

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