Superload To Block U.S. 62 In Lyon County Wednesday


Motorists traveling U.S. 62 in Lyon County Wednesday need to be aware the road will be blocked as an oversized load moves from Barkley Dam to Kuttawa.

Officials with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet say U.S. 62 will be blocked for more than two hours as a contractor for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to move a large transformer from Barkley Dam to Kuttawa starting around noon Wednesday. They add this slow-moving oversized load will block both lanes of travel along about a 5-mile section of U.S. 62 as it moves eastward over what is expected to be a two to three-hour trip.

Motorists are asked to avoid traveling this section of U.S. 62 between noon and 3:00 Wednesday afternoon. Officials indicate traffic will have no opportunity to get around the load between the U.S. 62 Cumberland River “Eureka Highway Bridge” at Lake City and mile point 5.8 at Kuttawa with westbound traffic also encountering substantial delays.

According to officials, the 115-foot long truck will be hauling a 16-foot-10-inch tall transformer that is being moved to a location in Kuttawa to be dismantled. They say utility crews will be required to lift power lines over the load.

Officials say the Lyon County Sheriff’s Department and the county’s Road Department, along with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet will assist with traffic control.

Motorists who travel this portion of U.S. 62 should detour via Interstate 24 to avoid long delays.

In addition, officials say residents and businesses along this section of U.S. 62 in Lyon County should be aware that while the load is moving, there will be a limited time to travel. They add some driveways and side roads may have no access to U.S. 62 for 20 minutes or more as the load passes.