KY 708 in Owsley County to be closed July 21; Bell County closure also set

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OWSLEY/BELL/BREATHITT COUNTIES, Ky. (WTVQ) – Drivers who use KY 708 in Owsley County will need to find an alternate route on Wednesday, July 21.

The highway will be closed in two locations, between milepoints 0.6 and 0.7 and between milepoints 2.2 and 2.3, for replacement of two drainage pipes.

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The first location is just south of Moores Branch Road and north of the KY 1717 intersection. The second location is approximately 0.2 miles south of the Lee County line.

Work will begin around 8 a.m., and should be completed by 4:30 p.m. During this time, the road will be closed to all through traffic.

No marked detour will be posted. Drivers can use KY 52, KY 11, and KY 30 through Lee County as an alternate route.

Around 300 vehicles use this portion of KY 708 each day.

In case of inclement weather, the closure will be postponed until another suitable date.

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IN ADDITION, motorists are advised cross drain operations start Wednesday, July 21 on a portion of KY 987 at mile point 18.30 (one mile from the Bell County/Harlan County line) in Bell County.

The roadway will be closed Wednesday, July 21 beginning at 7 a.m., and remain closed until the work is completed. Work hours will be from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. The roadway is expected to be reopened Friday, July 23 at 5 p.m.

KYTC asks motorists to be aware of the work zone, expect delays, and to utilize safe driving habits when traveling through the area.

The date, time, and duration of work may be adjusted if inclement weather or other unforeseen delays occur.

IN ANOTHER CLOSURE, drivers who use KY 1812 near Keck in Breathitt County will need

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to find an alternate route on Saturday, July 24.

The highway will be closed at milepoint 9.7 for replacement of a drainage pipe. This location is 0.2 miles north of the KY 540 intersection.

Work will begin around 8 a.m., and should be completed by 4 p.m. During this time, the road will be closed to all through traffic.

No marked detour will be posted. Drivers can use KY 15 as an alternate route.

In case of inclement weather, the closure will be postponed until another suitable date.