Ky. Transportation Cabinet opens one lane of Dixie Hwy. in each direction


by WHAS11

Posted on November 5, 2012 at 2:21 PM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 6 at 12:47 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Dixie Highway is reopening to one lane in each direction in the area of the train derailment. US 31 (Dixie Highway).  Dixie Highway will be one lane between Abbotts Beach Road and the City of West Point.

The speed limit will be reduced to 35 MPH and will be strictly enforced according to KYTC.

However, it is still unclear how long it will take to clean up the derailed cars and off-load the chemicals they are carrying.

Right now crews are working on removing equipment from the site of last week’s train derailment. Crews will be putting out barriers to protect the rail cars that have gone off the tracks.

All restrictions on those living around the derailment site have been lifted, although Dixie Highway is now open to lane in each direction. Officials are allowing people who live in the area to return home.

P&L is working to restore the track so they can offload the six chemical cars.  No word on how long that will take. The Environmental Protection Agency has crews on the scene who say the cars have been stabilized and there are no current leaks. Outreach centers will remain open for another couple of days for those affected by the derailment. 

A second Outreach Center has been opened at West Point City Hall, 509 Elm Street, to handle all claims other than excess mileage due to the Dixie Highway closure.
The P&L Railway Outreach Center at VFW Post 1181, 6518 Blevins Gap Road, will handle only those claims relating to excess mileage as a result of the road closure.
In addition, P&L has set up an 800 number (800-786-5204). This number is answered live when possible during business hours; if all operators are busy at the time of a call, the caller can leave a message and the call will be returned as soon as possible.
Residents with questions regarding environmental issues may call 1-800-928-2380.