Ky. Transportation Cabinet: US 60 update
LIVINGSTON COUNTY, Ky. - As flood waters slowly begin to recede across the area, many are still waiting to return home, assess the damages, and get started cleaning. People from parts of Livingston County are, like many others, waiting patiently for the roads to reopen.
Jim LeFevre, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Chief Engineer for District 1 released a statement about the condition of US 60 Thursday morning. The full text is below.
"US 60 through Livingston County remains closed to all through traffic between Smithland and Burna and in downtown Smithland.
"While floodwaters are dropping slowly, some sections of US 60 between the 13 and 19 mile marker remain covered by floodwaters.
"Some local residents and emergency personnel have been fording the floodwaters and traveling this section to access and check on flooded homes. US 60 remains officially closed between the 13 and 19 mile marker.
"The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet reminds motorists in the strongest possible terms that when you choose to travel on flood-covered highways that are marked as CLOSED you are doing so at your own risk.
"Additionally, due to the section that is closed along the Smithalnd floodwall, US 60 remains closed to all through traffic near the 11.5 mile point in Livingston County. Local traffic is being allowed through side streets at Smithland to help those hit by the flooding to have better access for recovery efforts.
"The Livingston County Sheriff, Livingston County Emergency Managment, Kentucky State Police, and the KY National Guard will maintain police authority through this area and may cut off traffic at anytime as required during continuing flood response and recovery efforts.
"Again, we emphasized that US 60 through Livingston County remains closed to through traffic. Anyone who choses to ford flooded sections of US 60 between the 13 and 19 mile marker should be aware that they do so at their own risk.
"US 60 will not be reopened to through traffic until all water is off the roadway and highway support and drainage structures along this extended section can be fully inspected and checked for safety."