Transportation Cabinet conducts public meeting on proposed widening of KY 15 in Perry County
Attendees viewed a presentation by District 10 personnel and consultants, received information on the possible alignments of the route, 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.
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 project.
A proposal is under consideration to widen KY 15 to four lanes between the northern end of the Hazard Bypass (Johnny Cox Drive) and Morton Boulevard. Intersections with the KY 15 bypass, Park Avenue, Combs Road (KY 80/KY 550) and Morton Boulevard would be reconstructed, with at least two options for each junction possible. A new bridge across the North Fork of the Kentucky River would be built, and a median barrier would be installed to separate the northbound and southbound lanes of KY 15. A truck climbing lane on the northbound side of the route between Combs Road and Morton Boulevard is also under consideration, and left turns from Morton Boulevard onto northbound KY 15 would be accommodated.
Funding for final design of the project once the preferred alternative routing has been selected is in place, but no funding for 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. 29. 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: Aric Skaggs, P.E., project manager; Kentucky Department of Highways, P.O. Box 621, Jackson, KY 41339.