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Federal Lands Access Program project to cause delays on KY 77, KY 715 in Red River Gorge

Jul 11, 2018

Credit Cabins of Birch Hollow

A highway project that begins July 11 on KY 77 and KY 715 in the Red River Gorge in Menifee, Powell, and Wolfe counties will cause traffic delays until the project is completed by the end of August.

The work will take place on KY 77 between the north end of the Nada Tunnel in Powell County and mile marker 2 in Menifee County, and on KY 715 between the KY 77 intersection in Menifee County and Pine Ridge in Wolfe County.

The project involves widening and paving of pull-offs and parking areas, resurfacing and pavement rehabilitation, guardrail installation, and placement of new signage along the routes that provide access to the Red River Gorge.

Drivers should expect delays when the work is ongoing. Flaggers and signage will be used to control traffic during working hours.

The $802,542.45 project is funded through the Federal Highway Administration’s Federal Lands Access Program (FLAP).

The program is intended to improve transportation facilities that provide access to, are adjacent to, or are located within federal lands. FLAP supplements state and local resources for public roads, transit systems, and other transportation facilities, with an emphasis on high-use recreation sites and economic generators.

The project will be completed by Aug. 31, in time for the busiest tourist season in the Red River Gorge.

(provided by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet)