UPDATE: US 23 Back Open after Rockslide

By: Olivia Fecteau; WSAZ News Staff Email
By: Olivia Fecteau; WSAZ News Staff Email
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UPDATE 2/21/14 @ 4:05 p.m.
BOYD COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) -- US 23 is back open after a rockslide that happened Friday morning.

The slide happened about 3 a.m. at the Boyd/Greenup line.

One southbound lane of US 23 was shut down until about 3 p.m. Friday.

Crews had to bring in an excavator to help remove the remaining rock along the shoulder of the roadway.



UPDATE 2/21/14 @ 2:10 p.m.
BOYD COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) – Storms and heavy rain caused a major rockslide on U.S. 23 early Friday morning just outside of Ashland, at the Boyd County and Greenup County line.

It happened about 3 a.m. Friday and the road was shut down except for a single lane for more than two hours. The road reopened a little after 5 a.m., but one southbound lane stayed closed throughout the day as state highway workers tried to clean up the mess.

“Scary, you know, to drive by something like that, cause you may never know,” Dale Sullivan, a taxi driver heading to Flatwoods, said. “A rock could slide, you know, just any time.”

Sullivan said this wasn’t the first time he had seen a rockslide in this area.

“It's just every now and then. Where we had that bad winter, you know, freezing, the ice. And when it thaws, it separates and that's what causes the landslides,” Sullivan said.

The closed lane caused traffic delays for many people. Allen Blair of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet said this stretch of U.S. 23 is one of the busiest parts of that road and urged people to take alternate routes.

“I hit the lights just right time, but it's been backed up and can tell coming around the corner it was a little bit of a line of traffic,” Rob Bess, who was heading to Symmes Valley High School, said.

Blair said the rock that fell was too big to drag out, so crews had to bring in an excavator to break the rock into smaller pieces in order to remove it from the shoulder of the road.

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UPDATE 2/21/14 @ 9:35 a.m.
BOYD COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) -- One southbound lane of US 23 remains closed near the Boyd/Greenup line due to a rock slide.

The slide happened about 3 a.m. Friday near State Route 5 in Russell..

Kentucky Transportation Officials say an excavator is now being called in, which will help crews remove the remaining rock along the shoulder of the roadway.

The lane is expected to be shut down through the afternoon.

Due to high traffic volumes along this area of US 23, motorists should expect traffic backups and delays. Seeking alternate routes is encouraged.

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UPDATE 2/21/14 @ 6:30 a.m.
BOYD COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) -- One southbound lane of U.S. 23 remains closed in the area of a rock slide that happened near the Boyd County and Greenup County line.

It happened about 3 a.m. Friday near State Route 5 in Russell.

Drivers are urged to avoid this area if possible until the scene is cleared.



ORIGINAL STORY 2/21/14 @ 3:41 a.m.
BOYD COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) -- Three lanes of U.S. 23 are closed after a rock slide near the Boyd County/Greenup County line.

The slide happened a little before 3 Friday morning, near State Route 5.

Boyd County Dispatchers are urging folks to avoid the area if possible.

We have a crew at the scene.

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