A Floyd Chronicle
and Times Staff Report
The upcoming replacement of two culverts on Ky. 3379, Branham’s Creek, in Floyd County will have “considerable impact” on traffic, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s Highway District 12 reports.
Work is expected to begin on Wednesday, Oct. 23, and last four days in the first work zone, which will span from an area near Robert Hall Cemetery Road to just south of Neck Branch Road on Branham’s Creek. The road will be closed to all traffic at the work site during this time.
“Traffic will be able to access points along the highway on either side of the work zone. However, no traffic will be allowed to drive through the work site. There will be deep, open trenches dug out across both lanes of roadway,” a press release said. “This is not a work-hours only closure. The road will be closed 24 hours a day for four days.”
ASL Excavating of Flemingsburg was awarded the $232,500 contract, which covers replacement of both drainage structures, removal and replacement of guardrail, and repaving the two sections of highway.
The contractor must wait a minimum of seven days from the time the first culvert is finished until work on the second one begins. A weather-dependent project, the contractor should be able to start on the second culvert around Nov. 4, the cabinet reported.
The second work area is between Neck Branch Road and Bear Hollow Road on Branham’s Creek, and that project is expected to close the road 24 hours a day for three days. The entire job has a completion date of Nov. 30, the cabinet reported.
Highway District 12 Section Engineer Matt Moore explained the need to completely close the road while work is under way.
“These drainage structures, what we call culverts, are deep underneath the road. The contractor must completely dig out the road to remove them. Both of these structures are nearing collapse and must be replaced. There is no other way to install new drainage,” he said.
Moore said that the engineers at District 12 realize that the detour options are limited and that traffic will have to use Tinker Fork to Ky. 3380 or Left Fork of Bear Fork Road to Ky. 122. Neither of these county roads will accommodate large trucks or school buses.
“The school bus garage has been notified. Parents should get instructions from the schools about where to meet their children’s bus. We apologize for this inconvenience. Try to remember that it is temporary — four days the first time and three days the second time. And also keep in mind that the drainage on Branham’s Creek will be improved significantly, which will make travel along the highway much, much safer.”