Weekend travelers along U.S. 60 through Livingston County will encounter a detour.
A contractor for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KyTC) plans to close a section of the federal highway in Livingston County beginning early Saturday morning in order to allow a new section of highway in the Dyer Hill Curve construction project to be tied to the existing roadway.
U.S. 60 will be closed at mile-point 18.5 in Livingston County. It is expected to close at 6 a.m. on Saturday and is expected to reopen to traffic at around 6 p.m. Sunday.
A marked detour will be provided for the approximately 4,000 vehicles that travel this section of U.S. 60 in an average day.
KyTC spokesman Keith Todd noted that closing U.S. 60 at the site is the most efficient and least disruptive way to complete the work. Had the contractor tried to make the transition to the new roadway while maintaining traffic flow through the work zone, it would have disrupted traffic off and on for two weeks. By closing the roadway, the project can be completed over two days and get traffic fully transitioned to the new roadway before school starts.
Jim Smith Contracting of Grand Rivers is the prime contractor on this $2.2 million highway improvement project.