U.S. 60 reopen in eastern Ky. after flash flooding

Updated: Jun. 10, 2021 at 8:39 PM EDT
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CARTER COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) – Road crews worked on a portion of U.S. 60 Thursday in the Upper Tygart area of Carter County, after flash flooding washed out the roadway at a bridge construction site. The roadway reopened Thursday evening.

“We pulled up, and it was literally like water everywhere,” said Martikki Cron, who lives nearby.

The site is already a construction zone as a new bridge is being built near Tygart Elementary School. The rain washed away the detour for the construction.

“The creeks were about to come over the banks yesterday right behind these houses here, and it’s just going to continue if it keeps going on like this and they don’t get something done,” said resident William Smith.

Crews worked on repairing and repaving the detour Thursday, but residents Cron and Smith are worried the repairs will be washed away.

“Why do it and then have to repave it again? I think they should just stop and leave the road closed till Saturday till all the rain lets up and then try to pave it and then try to fix it,” Cron said.

“This is just wasting taxpayer dollars the way they’re doing it right now,” Smith said.

Prior to U.S. 60 reopening, the detour that was washed away was the only convenient one in the area.

“I can usually get there in about 45 minutes, but I’ve been getting there in about an hour and 25 minutes to an hour and a half,” Smith said.

He said other detour routes in the area have also been closed due to flooding and it has caused him to miss work.

“I’m worried that my job is on the line and worried I’m going to lose my job over this weather. It’s one thing after another,” he said.

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