Update on Central Ky. road conditions

bmusgrave@herald-leader.comJanuary 29, 2009 

State highway crews continued working Thursday to clear the state's clogged roadways — a job that has been complicated by the loss of power in Western and Central Kentucky, which made some phones inoperable.

Rising water in some areas also has complicated cleanup, state highway officials said Thursday. Transportation Secretary Joe Prather cautioned that it could take more than three weeks to clear all state roads. Almost all major highways were clear Thursday, but there were problems on secondary roads as tree branches continued to fall.

Below is a list of road closings and areas where state and county road crews were working in Central Kentucky on Thursday morning.

Garrard County: Ky. 1150 closed due to downed trees in multiple places. Widespread power outages. Crews working on tree removal and patrolling major routes.

Madison County: No roads were closed, but some were difficult to navigate because of downed trees. Routes with large numbers of trees down are Ky. 627, Ky. 388, U.S. 421, U.S. 25, Ky. 129 and Ky. 52.

Boyle County: Several roads were closed due to downed power lines and trees. They include: Ky. 52, Ky. 1273, Ky. 1856, Ky. 1108, Ky. 1822, Ky. 37, Ky. 300 and Ky. 33 at Northpoint. Portions of U.S. 68 were closed including a section from Perryville toward Danville for three miles.

Scott County: All roads passable. State crews working on tree removal.

Woodford County: Road closings: Ky. 1967 between Payne's Mill and Ky. 1681, Ky. 1964 at Clifton, Ky. 169 at Jessamine County line, Ky. 1965 between Ky. 1964 and Hifner Road, Ky. 1659 near Shaw Lane, Ky. 1946 between Elliston Lane and the Kentucky River.

Anderson County: Low branches blocking some roadways, crews working on tree removal.

Mercer County: All roads open, but trees were down.

Fayette County: State crews treating roads and removing trees.

Jessamine County: Road closings: Ky. 1541 between Cobb Lane and Kissing Ridge Road, Ky. 1268 between US 27 and Corman Lane.

Montgomery, Clark and Bourbon counties: All routes passable. State crews patrolling and removing trees.

For more information about roads and road closings, call 511.

Kentucky Highway District 7 includes the following counties: Anderson, Bourbon, Boyle, Clark, Fayette, Garrard, Jessamine, Madison, Mercer, Montgomery, Scott and Woodford counties. In general, crews are spot-treating all state roads in all counties. Power outages and the clearing of downed trees continue.

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