Rock slide at abandoned quarry in Frankfort closes road

By: - October 13, 2023 10:09 pm

A section of rock started to separate from the face of a rock wall off Taylor Avenue, Friday, Oct. 13, 2023 in Frankfort. (Photo by David Stephenson)

A rock slide at an old limestone quarry in Frankfort Friday closed a road and made for some dramatic drone photography and video by University of Kentucky assistant professor David Stephenson.

Stephenson was in town leading students from UK and Kentucky State University in a four-day photojournalism and multimedia workshop called “Picture Kentucky.”

Frankfort Police said they received the first report of the slide at 7:13 a.m. Friday.

Engineers and local officials were on the scene most of the day, police reported Friday afternoon.

The quarry is on Taylor Avenue, which police said would be closed between Devil’s Hollow Road and Buttimer Avenue until further notice. Pedestrian and vehicular traffic is currently prohibited.

It’s not the first slide at the abandoned quarry, according to information posted by the Kentucky Geological Society, which reports another slide in 2000.

The quarry is along the Kentucky River.

Thanks to Jonathan Palmer for technical assistance.

A rockslide in Frankfort photographed from a drone. (David Stephenson)

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