Update: US 460 back open after rock slide

PIKEVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) - Update: 9:30 p.m.
Officials with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, District 12, say that U.S. 460 in Pike County is now back open.

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A rock slide on US 460 in Pike County slowed not only vehicle traffic but foot traffic as well.

Local business owners saw a decrease as appointments were rescheduled and canceled.

The rock slide stopped traffic for more than 3 hours on Wednesday.

"I expect probably late tonight before we get both lanes open," said Highway Superintendent Josh Blackburn.

Blackburn says recent rainfall mixed with cold and warm temperatures caused the slide.

"It's really just the freeze and thaw that give us most of our trouble with the rock falls," Blackburn pointed out.

Just down the road, local businesses like Silver Shears are hurt by the slide.

"The rock slide happened like right here to where I get to work," pointed out Melinda Kilgore.

Kilgore says her usual 15-minute commute turned into a 25-minute drive.

"It's a little bit of an inconvenience for me and my clients because we have to reschedule," explained Kilgore.

It also slowed down foot traffic in and out of her shop.

"It slowed down some of the walk-ins today. Like other days it would be really busy," said Kilgore.

Blackburn says it is not easy to clean up slides like this.

"We had to bust up the bigger rocks with this excavator behind us. Then we will load them out and haul them away," explained Blackburn.

However, they are working to clear the road as soon as possible.

Melinda says she is thankful for their hard work.

"I'm glad the guys are out there cleaning everything up so nobody will get hurt on the road and stuff," said Kilgore. "And it's really cold out," she added.

Officials say both lanes should be open around midnight Wednesday night.



 
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