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New Sections of US 119 Open Wednesday

Date of News Release: 12/05/2006

PIKE COUNTY - An image of the Johns Creek Interchange, click here to enlargeThe long-awaited opening of four new sections of US 119 in Pike County will happen at 6 a.m. on Wednesday, December 6 - day after tomorrow.

This means that motorists traveling from Pikeville toward Johns Creek and South Williamson will be able to go from the traffic signals at the top of Town Mountain Road (end of Buckley's Creek) through Burning Fork, over Raccoon Creek, over Winns Branch, and over Johns Creek (KY 194) before they exit the four-lane.

People traveling from South Williamson and Belfry toward Pikeville will be able to get on the new four-lane sections at the intersection of KY 194 at Meta.

"Everyone needs to use more caution than usual until they get used to the new road, especially at the Johns Creek interchange," said Danl Hall, Executive Director of Highway District 12. "There is an abrupt stop on KY 194 before the left turn onto the on ramp. Likewise, there is an abrupt stop at the end of the off-ramp as you exit the four-lane and get back on KY 194 to turn left toward Old US 119."

In addition, Hall cautioned that the speed limit on the new sections is 55 miles per hour. "It is tempting, we know, to exceed the maximum allowable speed," Hall said, "but people need to know that KVE and KSP officers will be patrolling this area. More than half of the traffic accidents and fatal injury accidents in our district are due in part to excessive speed. We want this new section of four-lane roadway to provide a more safe and timely route than the old two-lane road people have traveled for years. It will only be safer if motorists respect the speed limit and contain their urge to go more than 55 miles an hour."

Message boards with travelers' advisories will be posted at Burning Fork and at Johns Creek. There are no exits at Raccoon or Winns Branch.

"The basic story here," Hall said, "is this: The road will be open. The speed limit is 55. You can't get off at Raccoon or Winn's Branch. And we urge everyone to be safe out there!"

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