men at workHENDERSON COUNTY, Ky. (7/11/19) — A contractor for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet plans to close a section of U.S. 60 near the Union-Henderson County line starting Monday, July 22. The area is expected to be closed for two weeks.

KYTC Spokesman Keith Todd reported the closure runs from mile-markers 24-26 is to allow placement of two pre-fabricated drainage structures to help reduce road flooding. This section of U.S. 60 along Casey Creek and near Highland Creek, between Waverly and Corydon, is threatened by floodwaters from time to time and is occasionally forced to close.

To facilitate the culvert work, U.S. 60 will be closed at this site for approximately two weeks with a marked detour provided along Kentucky 359 and 136 through Smith Mills. The new culverts will have to be placed one at a time to maintain access to homes within the project area, Todd said. They will replace two concrete culverts that were constructed around 1930. The new culverts will be wider and stronger to carry the additional layers of asphalt required to raise the elevation of the road.

Prior to the closure of U.S. 60 July 22, the contractor and KYTC personnel will be involved in prep work at various locations along the right-of-way. Caution is required.

Once the new drainage structures are completed and the road reopens, another contractor will establish a work zone to add new asphalt to raise the driving surface about 2.5 feet at the two lowest points. The paving portion of the work will be completed over a couple of months under traffic using work zone lane restrictions with alternating flow controlled by flaggers. The contractor will add asphalt in 4 inch layers until the elevation of the road is completed.

Approximately, 5,800 vehicles travel this section of U.S. 60 in the Royster’s Curve area of Union County in an average day, state highway officials reported. The total cost of the flood relief project is about $2.5 million.

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