Update: One lane of Highway 66 back open in Clay County following rockslide

Published: Dec. 26, 2020 at 11:47 AM EST
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Updated 12/28/2020

CLAY COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) announced Sunday that one lane of Highway 66 in Clay County had reopened following a rockslide Saturday that blocked both lanes of traffic.

KYTC officials say traffic will be maintained by portable traffic signals until the remaining lane is re-opened.

Original Story 12/26/2020

A massive rockslide left parts of Kentucky 66 closed on Saturday.

This left people like Whitney Couch, who saw it all happen, scared for her family’s life.

“We were so close to this rock, it barely missed us,” Red Bird Resident Whitney Couch said. “If we would have been 10 seconds earlier, we would have been crushed, me and my babies and my husband, we would have been crushed.”

Les Dixon with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet said crews wasted no time to clean up the debris, and the massive boulder left behind.

“I would say with the snow and rain that we received, that would probably be what triggered the rockslide,” Public Information Officer Les Dixon said.

As crews began working, they hoped to have parts cleaned up later in the night.

“With an effort to get a lane cleared by late this evening and currently we’ll have traffic be detoured at KY 2000,” Dixon said.

Dixon said that plan changed, with the goal being to have the road cleared by Sunday. Couch said until then, her family cannot leave.

“There is a small backroad but some people can’t go on it because of the ice. Like us, we can’t even go anywhere,” Couch said.

Couch said she is glad her family is safe at home.

“From the Lord’s help and the Lord’s mercy, it had just happened. it got to the ground before we went under,” Couch said.

Dixon said until the road is cleared, traffic will remain detoured at Kentucky 2000.

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