U.S. 23 lane changes at Russell for continued AK Steel overpass demolition

Published 2:53 pm Tuesday, April 30, 2024

RUSSELL, Ky. — Continued work to demolish the old AK Steel overpass will require temporary traffic changes along U.S. 23 at Russell over the next two weeks.

Beginning Wednesday, contractors will enact shoulder closures to remove the concrete bridge pier adjacent to the highway and railroad tracks. Work will also require one lane closure northbound and two days of crossover traffic until the project is complete, estimated by May 15.

Traffic will not be detoured, but motorists should heed all warning signs and follow directions of electronic message boards and flaggers.

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Because of U.S. 23’s heavy traffic – as many as 26,000 vehicles pass through the Russell-Flatwoods area each day – delays are possible. Please plan travel accordingly.

The work is being done by Cleveland Cliffs under an approved Kentucky Transportation Cabinet permit. Traffic changes are necessary for public safety as contractors work near the highway.