Transportation Cabinet conducts public meeting on planning study for proposed improvements to KY 30 in Breathitt, Owsley counties
Attendees viewed a presentation by District 10 personnel and consultants, received information on the planning study, and provided their input into this proposed highway project. They reviewed possible improvements, accident history data and other information that will be used in determining how the project proceeds.
The study examines possible improvements to roadway geometrics to enhance safety and mobility between Jackson and Booneville, as well as improving regional connectivity between I-75 in London and KY 15 in Jackson. The current route consists of narrow travel lanes, narrow or no shoulders in most locations, substandard curves and some areas that are prone to flooding or breaks in the pavement. There have been 119 accidents along the corridor in the last four years, including two fatalities and 48 injuries. Most of them were single-vehicle incidents.
The planning study includes both spot improvements to the existing roadway along most of the corridor, and new alignments under consideration in certain areas.
Those in attendance provided comments on the project, asked several questions and viewed maps of the area showing the general scope of the proposed project. They were also provided comment forms on which they could express their opinions on the study.
No funding for preliminary or final design, right of way acquisition, utility relocation or construction has yet been allocated or scheduled.
The project manager will receive written comments on the project through Nov. 22. Photographs and plans displayed at the public hearing may be viewed at the Department of Highways District 10 office, 473 Highway 15 South, Jackson, during the comment period. Comments on the project may be addressed to: Jason Blackburn, P.E.; project manager; Kentucky Department of Highways, P.O. Box 621, Jackson, KY 41339.