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An embankment failure at Johns Creek has caused the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet to close the road for up to three weeks.

A statement released by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has stated that Ky. 2381 (Johns Creek) in Johnson County will close to all traffic on Wednesday, March 25, at mile point 0.7 for up to three weeks for repair of an embankment failure. The shutdown hours are 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

The statement read, “According to Tim Spencer, Highway District 12 engineer with the Paintsville Section Office, Geotechnical Services International (GSI) will install a soil nail wall along the shoulder to reinforce the roadway and fix an area where the embankment has slipped. Soil nailing is a construction method that involves inserting reinforcing bars (rebar) and small drainage pipes underneath the pavement. The nails are grouted into place with concrete (usually shotcrete). The surface is faced with reinforcing mesh, rabbit proof wire mesh, or erosion control fabric held in place using pneumatically applied concrete.”

“Depending on the weather,” Spencer said, “the work will take somewhere between two and three weeks. We apologize for this necessary inconvenience, but we think people will be pleased with the finished repairs. As always, we appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding.”

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