Road damage in Johnson County should not impede cleanup

Staff Report

JOHNSON COUNTY – Kentucky Route 172 and other state routes in Johnson County have sustained some damage from the flash flood of July 13, but so far all roads are passable and should not be an impediment for residents or emergency responders.

“There are some places where embankment failures have reduced the highway to one lane,” said Sara George, Highway District 12 Information Officer. “We have those marked with barriers and cones. People should be cautious and drive slowly in those areas.”

George said that one bridge suffered pavement damage to the abutments on each end, but the bridge itself is not damaged.

Once the water completely recedes, assuming we do not have more this evening or through the night, the state routes in Johnson County should all be passable.

“We do not have a timeline on when KY 172 might be open,” George said. “In order for emergency responders to do their work and to protect property owners and residents who are trying to clean up from the flood damage, it is necessary to restrict access to KY 172. We are cooperating with the Kentucky State Police in this regard.”

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