Federal Lands Access Program Means Delays In Red River Gorge

Posted at 4:14 PM, Jul 09, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-09 16:14:06-04

(LEX 18) – Travel through tourist areas of the Red River Gorge may be affected by construction. 

The Federal Lands Access Program project will mean delays on KY 77 and KY 715. The project begins July 11 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.