Dyer Hill curve project on schedule


Reporter - Jason Hibbs
Photojournalist - Justin Jones

BURNA, Ky.---For years, people who live in and drive through Livingston County, Kentucky have complained about a stretch of road on Highway 60--known as the 'Dyer Hill Curve.'
Work to fix it started in August.
Crews hope to complete it by next summer
The state is straightening a portion of the curve.
We're told the project is running smoothly but there's still lots of work left to do. 

So far, drivers probably haven't been delayed that much.
But a Transportation Cabinet Spokesperson said as the project progresses there will likely be more delays.
People who live near here say they're ecstatic and can't wait for crews to finish.

For David and Lela Thompson a roadside produce stand is the perfect way to spend the day.

"Meet a lot of people, get to talk to a lot of people, we don't make much but we make a little," Lela said.

If they were in it for the money, they would've packed up their produce months ago.

The two have learned there's more to life.

"We get to spend some time together maybe sell apples and meet a lot of people," David said.

Passersby have questions about the construction that lies ahead.

"We have people asking us, where's it going to go, where's it coming out at? We don't know," The Thompsons said.

Keith Todd, with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet said crews are straightening the curve and making changes to a dangerous and outdated path.

"This road goes back to an old pioneer trail, that goes back to an Indian trail, which goes back to a buffalo trail," Todd said.

The Thompsons are grateful to get to watch history in the making and glad those driving by will finally get a safer road. 

"I didn't think I'd live to see the day they done anything but I guess I will," David said.

The job will likely be done by the end of next summer. Keith Todd said it could be finished even sooner, a lot of it depends on the weather.  If we have a mild winter, it could be finished sooner.

Right now they're using bulldozers but Keith Todd said crews will likely use explosives to blast through some of the rock.