Transportation Cabinet urges caution during annual 50-Mile Yard Sale on KY 52

As residents of Breathitt, Estill and Lee counties prepare for the annual 50-Mile Yard Sale along KY 52 on Friday and Saturday, June 30 and July 1, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is urging motorists to use caution during the event.

“Once again, a large crowd is expected for this annual event,” said Corbett Caudill, chief engineer for the Department of Highways District 10, which includes the three counties involved. “The yard sale has grown in popularity every year since it began. We want to make sure that everyone who participates uses caution to prevent a tragedy.”

The event stretches from the intersection of KY 52 and KY 30 just outside Jackson, through downtown Beattyville and Irvine, to the Estill/Madison county line.

The Transportation Cabinet offers the following tips for those who will be attending the KY 52 yard sale, as well as for other motorists who will be traveling in the area during the Independence Day holiday period:

· Watch for parked cars, slowed traffic and vehicles turning into or out of side roads and driveways.
· Park a safe distance from the highway, preferably outside a 30-foot “recovery zone” extending from the white line on the pavement edge. This area gives motorists plenty of room in which to maneuver in case of trouble. Parking on the shoulder of the road is discouraged.
· Keep an eye out for pedestrians crossing the road, and especially for children or pets in the area of yard sales. Personnel may be directing traffic at some of the busier locations, so watch for them and obey their signals.
· Use seat belts, obey posted speed limits and other traffic laws, and refrain from drinking and driving. Police officers will be conducting a “Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving” enforcement campaign during the Independence Day holiday period.

State law (KRS 177.106) prohibits encroachments on state right of way without a permit, and this includes roadside sales.

“The statute forbids anything that interferes with ‘the safe, convenient and continuous use’ of the highway, and the Transportation Cabinet considers roadside sales on state right of way to fall under this category,” Caudill said. “We want to make sure that the traveling public has the proper amount of sight distance for intersections, driveway entrances and curves. Vendors who set up their sales on the right of way can cause visibility problems, as can motorists who park along the shoulders of the road. Therefore, in the interests of safety, we ask that no sales take place on the right of way in accordance with state law.”

“Highway safety is our primary focus when dealing with events that generate large amounts of traffic. We hope everyone will wear their seat belts and be on the lookout for bargain hunters who will be on the road and on foot along the yard sale route,” Caudill said.

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