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April 15, 2014

UPDATE: U.S. 23 reopened; explosives eliminated

RUSSELL — All four lanes of US 23 are currently closed between the 1 and 2 mile markers at Russell in Greenup County.

 

According to local authorities, old undetonated explosives were found on a hillside rock cut. As a precaution, all traffic is being rerouted away from the area until explosives experts can respond. The Russell viaduct has also been closed.

 

Local emergency responders are detouring traffic using KY 750 (Kenwood Drive), KY 1725 (Ashland Drive) and KY 693 (Diedrich Boulevard). As of 11:30 a.m., the estimated duration of the detour was two hours.

 

While current reports are that traffic is flowing well along the detour route, heavy traffic and delays are still possible. Motorists are encouraged to make alternative travel plans to reach destinations. Suggestions include using the Ashland bridges to cross to US 52 and return to US 23 via the Greenup Locks and Dam to connect between the Portsmouth and downtown Ashland areas, or using the Industrial Parkway to connect between US 23 and Interstate 64.

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