Pikeville, KY — The southbound lanes of US 23 are closed between the Helen Brown Bridge (Stone Coal traffic signals) and Buckley’s Creek (Walmart traffic signals). Traffic is being re-routed at the Helen Brown Bridge through Thompson Road and back out to US 23. An excavator working in the area between Helen Brown Bridge and Ballard Cassady Bridge hit a power pole and knocked all the power out between the traffic signals at Buckley’s Creek up to the traffic signals at Town Mountain Road. The traffic signals are working on generators and this does not affect northbound traffic. However, the power company is on site to restore power and the southbound lanes are closed for them to do their work. D12 Safety Director Jimmy Queen said the power company hopes to have one southbound lane open by about 10:30 this morning.