Wrong turn causes thousands in damage - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Wrong turn causes thousands in damage

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By:  Jennifer Baileys - Jbaileys@Fox41.com

LOUISVILLE, KY (WDRB, FOX41) - Another setback for a multi-million dollar road project in Shelbyville.  Kentucky Transportation Cabinet officials said a wrong turn caused thousands of dollars in damage to the Shelbyville Bypass.

"I just happen to look out the door and I see a car going by at about 60 miles per hour and just all I could see was a dust cloud," said Bradley Carter.

After the dust settled on the closed Shelbyville Bypass in front of Carter's office Pure Reflection, he jumped in his tow truck and went to work.

"I get a call from the police saying we need a tow truck guy," Carter said.

He arrived on the Bypass to find a mess of mud and wet cement.  "They had been pouring the concrete that day and this gentleman drove across some of the slabs and some of the concrete had not set up yet.  His vehicle just eventually sank down in, it damaged about 12 sections," said Andrea Clifford, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.

Despite bright orange barrels and road closed signs, transportation officials tell Fox 41 the driver turned onto the bypass from US 60.

"He just said he was from Oldham County and he didn't really know the roads and stuff and he just kind of felt bad about what happened," Carter said.

Carter tells Fox 41, the elderly male driver was able to wash the cement off his PT Cruiser and save the car, but this wrong turn cost the already delayed project even more time.  Clifford said it set the project back about four days and upped the price tag.

"It's probably tens of thousands of dollars," Clifford said.

This isn't the first time someone has driven on the closed bypass and through a secure construction zone.

"This isn't the only construction area where that's happened before we have a lot of people that just want to go around the barricades or some people that don't even see the barricades and they'll drive right into a construction zone," Clifford said.

The Shelbyville Bypass is expected to be finished by the end of the year.

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