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Emergency declared in Fort Mitchell for highway roadwork

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Posted at 11:52 AM, Oct 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-29 12:05:22-04

FORT MITCHELL, Ky. — The mayor of Ft. Mitchell, Ky. and a Kenton County judge declared an emergency in the city Tuesday morning after a series of crashes along Interstate 71/75 near Dixie Highway over the weekend.

“Over 70 feet of concrete barrier wall was demolished as a result of the four truck crashes on Saturday,” said Mayor Jude Hehman. "Over 500 feet of barrier wall needs to be replaced and our hope is that by declaring an emergency, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Highway Department will accelerate repairs and remedies for the heavily-traveled section of I-75.”

After the crashes, officials put up a temporary concrete barrier along I-75, but the road is still not safe.

“I-75 in Fort Mitchell is extremely dangerous to motorists at this time," Kenton County Judge-Executive Kris Knochelmann said. Knochelmann also called for immediate emergency measures to replace the barrier quickly.

"We urge extreme caution when traveling on I-75 near and through Fort Mitchell,” Hehman said. "We will work to ensure that a long-term fix for this dangerous curve will remain a priority for state and Federal transportation officials.”