Mountain Parkway detour ends

Motorists will no longer have to detour off the Mountain Parkway between exits 33 and 40, following repairs on a sinkhole that closed the highway beneath the Tunnel Ridge Road overpass.

Kentucky Highway District 10 reopened the highway on Friday.

Westbound lanes were closed in late July, after engineers and geotechnical specialists with the Transportation Cabinet determined that a persistent pothole in the area was actually being caused by a 80-foot-deep sinkhole. Then, eastbound lanes were also closed for two weeks earlier this month as crews began making repairs.

Work is continuing in the area for the next three weeks, which will result in occasional lane closures. However, District 10 said the repairs have progressed to the point to allow the road to reopen.

The district is advising motorists to slow down and use caution in the area, as it remains an active work zone.