Department of Highways, District 10
Approximately 40 people attend public meeting on KY 30 reconstruction project in Breathitt, Magoffin counties

Press Release Date:  Monday, March 10, 2008  
Contact Information:  H. B. Elkins
Public Information Officer
Department of Highways, District 10
473 Highway 15 South, P.O. Box 621
Jackson, KY 41339

JACKSON, KY – On Tuesday, March 4, personnel from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Department of Highways District 10 office conducted a public informational meeting on the proposed reconstruction of KY 30 crossing the mountain at the Breathitt-Magoffin county line.


Approximately 40 residents of the area and other concerned citizens attended the meeting at the Middle Fork Elementary School in Magoffin County to view a presentation by District 10 personnel and project consultants, receive information on the project, and provide their input into the design of this highway project. The project will realign approximately 1.5 miles of KY 30 between milepoint 37 in Breathitt County and milepoint 0.75 in Magoffin County to provide a straighter, wider and less steep route. Presently, the highway is narrow, crooked, steep and prone to slips and dropoffs.


Four alternatives are under consideration. They vary chiefly in their location on either side of the existing highway.


Those in attendance provided comments on the project, asked several questions, viewed aerial photographs of the area showing all four proposed alternatives, and learned what properties may potentially be impacted by the project. They also were provided comment forms on which they could express their opinions on the project.


The KY 30 project is contained in the Transportation Cabinet’s Six-Year Road Plan as recently submitted to the General Assembly. Construction is estimated to cost $8.1 million, with right of way acquisition and utility relocation costing an additional $430,000. The project is currently in the design phase. Construction is not scheduled to begin until 2012 or later, pending the availability of state funds at that time.


Through March 19, comments on the project may be addressed to: Corbett Caudill, P.E.; Project Manager; Kentucky Department of Highways, P.O. Box 621, Jackson, KY 41339. Photographs and plans may be viewed at the Department of Highways District 10 office, 473 Highway 15 South, Jackson, during the comment period.