Shepherdsville road shut down for embankment slide won't reopen for several weeks
The road is closed from Eddington Lane to Long Lick Farm Road.
SHEPHERDSVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A road on the verge of collapse is shut down for emergency repairs in Shepherdsville.
A portion of KY 1494 is blocked to traffic because the road is starting to slide away and has a crack down one lane that’s nearly three feet deep. The embankment slide forced the emergency closure on July 3.
“Half of one of the lanes has slipped away, and it is dangerous if you were to open the road, even if motorists were to use it on one side, one lane, because we don't know how much shifting could take place underneath,” KYTC District 5 Spokesperson Andrea Clifford said.
Despite the signs and blockades, drivers are still trying to get around the closure from Eddington Lane to Long Lick Farm Road. Some said the closure adds an extra 20 minutes to their drive time.
“People are taking the gates and cones and throwing them wherever they want to throw them,” said Roger Beckham, who lives in the area. “Everybody sees it, and they think they can get through anyway, so they go through the yard.”
Neighbors said they are trying to prevent drivers from using their yards as a road. They even had to put up their own make shift fence to deter traffic.
KYTC said back in 2011, this portion of roadway had a similar issue and had to be repaired. The contractor had a five-year warranty on repairs but has agreed to still honor that warranty and cover the costs of new repairs.
“This contractor is currently working at another location, but they think they can be here in two to three weeks, and then they plan to work six days a week," Clifford said. "They think they can get the repairs done in a two-week time frame."
Until the road is anchored and stabilized, neighbors said the silver lining is the peace and quiet of no traffic.
“You could hear every little sound for miles now,” Beckham said.
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