UPDATE: Crews race to reopen KY 59 Wednesday night in Lewis County
UPDATE POSTED 5:25 P.M. WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 1, 2021
LEWIS COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ) – Kentucky Department of Highways crews expect to reopen KY 59 tonight as cleanup continues on a mudslide that struck Vanceburg hill Wednesday morning in Lewis County.
Crews closed KY 59 at 7 a.m. Wednesday after dirt, trees, and rock slid 300 feet down the hillside to cover the state highway at mile marker 22 about a mile south of the AA Highway at Vanceburg. Utility contractors were called to remove lines so trees could be cleared for excavator access. By 1 p.m., trucks were hauling debris away from the slide area.
As of 5 p.m., cleanup is progressing quickly, but KY 59 remains closed to all traffic. The goal is to reopen the road by 8 or 9 p.m., and maintain access for local residents, buses, and emergency vehicles while making more permanent slide repairs in the coming days.
Repairs could require temporary lane closures or flagged traffic in the slide area during daytime hours – outside peak rush hour traffic times – through next week, or until work is complete.
Motorists should use caution, heed warning signs, and watch electronic message boards for Vanceburg hill traffic changes when crews are working.
ORIGINAL STORY POSTED 8:20 A.M. WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 1, 2021
LEWIS COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ) – Slide damage has blocked KY 59 — Vanceburg Hill — at mile marker 22 just south of the AA Highway intersection at Vanceburg in Lewis County. The road will remain closed until further notice. Motorists should seek alternate routes.
Crews are bringing in heavy equipment to remove mud and rock slide debris, and will make highway repairs as needed once the extent of damage is known.
Until the roadway is safe to reopen or repairs are complete, KY 59 will remain closed.
Local motorists should detour using KY 344, KY 989, or other routes to reconnect to the AA Highway. For those connecting between Morehead and Vanceburg, consider using KY 32 through Flemingsburg or detour to the AA Highway at Grayson.