Highway District 12 Superintendent Billy Smallwood announced today that work starts Tuesday, July 10, to fix potholes along a two-mile stretch of US 119 at Payne Gap near Fishpond. The work is expected to take the rest of the week.
Traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction. The open lanes will change as the work progresses. People need to slow down and pay attention to the signs that tell them which lane to use. D12’s contractor, Jigsaw, will mill the pavement one lane at a time with Smallwood’s crew following behind with the paving equipment.
“This is an area that has a lot of bad potholes,” Smallwood said. “We will mill and pave between mile points 25 and 27, and will keep one lane open in each direction. We want to thank everyone for their patience and understanding. This area will be congested for a while, but I think everyone agrees that this is one of the roughest stretches of US 119 because of all the potholes. The road will be much smoother and safer when we are finished.”