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Thursday, February 21, 2019

Mudslides Have Route 8 is Closed, Again

PHOTO: On the stretch of road between River Road and Tower Hill, there are multiple roadside memorials visible to memorialize those who have lost their lives due to vehicle crash fatalities on Route-8. FTM file. 

A wet month has closed one of Campbell County's most dangerous due to a mudslide.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Officials alerted media that Route-8 was closed from River Road to Tower Hill until further notice.  This is the second time this month the road has been closed due to mud slides.


The cabinet has been studying the road, which is routinely known to shift and move, for years.

Recently, they redesignated the road, which is now known as KY-6335.

KYTC said redesignating the stretch of road would give the option of reducing the speed limit and lowering weight load limits as conditions dictate to encourage local use only.

So far those changes have not been implemented.

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Just last week a 78-year old man from Flemingsburg lost control of his vehicle on the road near Aquaramp in Fort Thomas, overcorrected and went down the steep embankment toward the river, only to be stopped by the CSX railroad tracks below.

RELATED: Another Scary Accident Occurs on Route-8 in Fort Thomas 

On the stretch of road between River Road and Tower Hill, which is now closed due to the slide, there are multiple roadside memorials visible to memorialize those who have lost their lives due to vehicle crash fatalities.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet branch manager Mike Bezold told WCPO it was a matter of economics.

“We did a study about a couple of years ago to determine what it would cost to get Route 8 up to just a typical two-lane, up to 10-foot lanes,” he said. “It was over $50 million dollars just to get Route 8 up to just passable standards.”

He said the state legislature wasn’t willing to set aside that amount of money for a road serving an estimated 2,000 vehicles each day.

Over the last several years, twenty-seven different locations of Route-8 between Tower Hill and River Road have been repaired on either side of the road.

Repairs are made on an ongoing basis as water runs under the road and shifts it.

“We are making changes to encourage through traffic to seek an alternate route,” said Bob Yeager, chief district engineer for KYTC District 6. “Reducing the daily traffic on this section of Mary Ingles Highway from River Road in Fort Thomas to Dodd Drive in Dayton will provide safer passage for the local citizens who use this roadway.”


For the short-term to get around the slide, KYTC-District 6 said motorists can take KY 446 to US 27 to KY 8 as a detour.

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