The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet announced in a statement Aug. 23 that the long-awaited reopening of Ky. 1428, the road connecting downtown Paintsville to U.S. 23, may be happening soon.
“Extensive excavation to the roadway and the hillside preceded installation of a drainage system,” KYTC said in the statement. “The slope above the highway was saturated with water, accumulated over time. Eventually, gravity caused the hillside to slide onto the pavement, causing permanent damage and a continuing threat.”
“Paving, striping, guardrail installation, signage, and cleanup work will take several more weeks,” the statement said. “In addition, there are a few embankment failures, not associated with the major slide, between the work zone and Ky. 40 (Euclid Avenue). We plan to fix these breaks, too, so that we don’t have to open the road and then close it again to take care of them.”
“All things considered, Darold Slone, engineering branch manager, who is personally managing this project, estimates that the road could re-open around the first of October,” the statement continued.
State Rep. Bobby McCool said officials are hopeful about the projected Oct. 1 opening date, but that unknown issues may arise.
“However, the Transportation Department is working very hard to complete this project and paying close attention to implementing design and drainage to prevent any future possible issues,” said McCool. “This is a top priority of myself and both the county judge and mayor, as we all know how important highway 1428 is to our community and businesses.”