The Independence Day holiday weekend means that the annual 50-Mile Yard Sale along KY 52 in Breathitt, Lee, and Estill counties is coming up. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet again reminds motorists to use caution during the event, scheduled for Friday and Saturday, July 1-2.
“The communities along the yard sale route and some of the civic organizations in these three counties are really promoting the event this year,” said Corbett Caudill, chief engineer for the Department of Highways District 10, which includes the three counties involved. “This has been a yearly event for many years now, and is well-established as more of these corridor yard sales get started. KYTC places a big emphasis on highway safety, especially during events that bring more drivers and pedestrians to the roadways, so we stress safety measures and awareness in hopes of avoiding a tragic accident.”
“Many visitors come to the yard sale from outside the region. They are not familiar with the curves and hills along our rural roads,” Caudill continued. “Driver unfamiliarity and the potential for distraction are two main reasons we always stress awareness during this event.”
The yard sale stretches from the intersection of KY 52 and KY 30 just outside Jackson, through downtown Beattyville, Ravenna, and Irvine, to the Estill/Madison county line. A number of vendors also set up along the short stretch of KY 30 between Jackson and the KY 52 intersection. Message boards will be in place to remind drivers of heavy traffic, and to watch for pedestrians and slowed or stopped traffic.
The KY 52 bridge crossing the Kentucky River in Irvine remains closed for repairs. Drivers will need to use the signed detour via KY 499 (Joseph Proctor Memorial Bypass) and KY 89 (Winchester Road/North Main Street) to bypass the closure.