PERRY COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - Updated, Feb. 23
Officials with Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 10 said KY 1165, also known as Left Fork Maces Creek Road, is now back open.
Transportation officials warn drivers to still use caution on the road as it remains rough.
Updated, Feb. 21
Kentucky Transportation Cabinet officials said KY 1165, or Left Fork Maces Creek Road, will not open Friday night as originally planned.
The Viper road is now expected to reopen Sunday evening.
The road started to break last week and became too dangerous to drive on. Since then, people have taken either Hall or Pratt Mountain Road to get into the Viper area.
Updated, Feb. 18
A closed road in Perry County could be back open by late Friday evening.
Transportation officials closed KY 1165, or Left Fork Maces Creek Road, last week. The road started to break and became too dangerous to drive on. Since then, people have taken either Hall or Pratt Mountain to get into the Viper area.
Transportation officials warned that the expected timeline to open the road on Friday could be delayed for various reasons.
Original Story, Feb. 13
Officials from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 10 said a portion of KY 1165, or Left Fork Maces Creek Road, is closed in Perry County.
Transportation officials said the road is closed between mile points 6.6 and 6.7 due to a break in the pavement that has worsened during the rainy weather.
"Some of our engineers looked at it this morning and the break had gotten worse since last night so it was just in the best interest of the traveling public to get that closed down until we could get repairs made," said H.B. Elkins, District 10's public information officer.
The closed portion is between KY 116 or Right Fork Maces Creek Road and KY 3349 or Middle Fork Maces Creek Road.
Parents who have children who attend Viper Elementary are happy the repairs have become a priority.
"I'm ecstatic that they're getting ready to fix it because I think it very well could have been a danger to someone," said Michelle Johnson. "Just that it's going to be fixed it will be safe again, its just one thing checked off that you won't have to worry about the children."
Crews are expected to start repairing the road next week. They do not know how long the repairs will take or when the road will be reopened.
Viper Elementary closed Friday partially because of the break and a scheduled power outage that was planned.
As a result, Johnson is happy that the school district is paying attention to the kid's safety too.
"Yes, very much I was a little worried they just kept school-going no matter how bad the break got it wasn't even considered. So yes I'm very glad they did," said Johnson.
Drivers can use the Pratt Mountain section of KY 1165 to access KY 7 as a detour route.