By Greg Bird
A surprise announcement from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Monday caused some concern for commuters and citizens as a portion of KY 92 was suddenly closed due to issues with a steel bridge in Whitley County.
The announcement stated the Jellico Creek Bridge located at mile point 3.0 would be closed as of Monday after conditions of the stringer beams supporting the steel bridge raised concerns of Transportation officials. After the initial finding of problems with the bridge, the KYTC began preparations to close the roadway, posting detour signs and digital billboards to advise motorists of the change.
While the new KY 92 is still under construction and not scheduled to be completed until next year, the bridge will have to be repaired, which is estimated to take at least six weeks.
The Transportation Cabinet is recommending motorists use an alternate route when traveling to Williamsburg. The posted detour route is KY 90 past Cumberland Falls to U.S. 25 west, but locals with more knowledge of the area are using Jellico Creek Road to Old Jellico Creek Road or taking Williamsburg Street to Red Bird Road as additional alternates.
Motorists can access travel and traffic conditions at http://goky.ky.gov or contribute their reports at www.waze.com or via the Waze mobile application.