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Road closure causes headaches

This section of Highway 68 on the Jessamine/Mercer County line has been closed since January 3. Some residents say it's been a real headache.

"It's a booger, I'd say"

Joe Houp lives along this stretch and says the detour he and his neighbors must follow is costly.

"It's a lot of gas money, a lot of extra time - people going back and forth around," says Joe.

The road is closed due to a section on one side that has collapsed.

"The road's caved in on the creek side almost over to the middle line. You can get by, but some dummies may run in the hole," says Joe.

A spokesperson for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says the reason the entire road is closed is that having someone direct traffic in one lane would be unsafe.

The road closure is located just northeast of the Kentucky River here on 68. If you want to cross the river, you'll have to follow the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet's suggested detour which is north up 33 all the way to the Bluegrass Parkway, west over to 127, south down to Harrodsburg - a detour that will cost you about 30 minutes on your trip.

Joe says this isn't the first time there have been problems on 68.

"it was a couple of years ago, it caved in in that same place," says Joe.

Repair work was supposed to have started on Monday, but was canceled due to inclement weather. Joe says the repair can't come soon enough.

"They should get right on it and get it fixed. I know it's cold, but something's got to be done"

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