Department of Highways, District 10
Transportation Cabinet Conducts Public Informational Meeting on Proposed Reconstruction of KY 36 in Menifee County

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, May 30, 2007  
Contact Information:  Contact: H. B. Elkins
Public Information Officer
Department of Highways, District 10
473 Highway 15 South, P.O. Box 621
Jackson, KY 41339

JACKSON, KY (May 30, 2007) -- On Tuesday, May 29, personnel from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Department of Highways District 10 office conducted a public informational meeting on the proposed reconstruction of a two-mile segment of KY 36, Frenchburg-Owingsville Road, north of Frenchburg in Menifee County.


Approximately 25 residents of the area and other concerned citizens attended the meeting at the Menifee County Courthouse 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 new route will replace existing KY 36 between mile markers 2 and 4, and will consist of a facility of two 12-foot lanes with 10-foot shoulders. A truck climbing lane may possibly be included.


Four alternatives are under consideration. Three of them roughly parallel the existing roadway, while the fourth follows a new route to the west of the current alignment.


Those in attendance provided comments on the project, asked several questions, viewed aerial photographs of the area showing all four proposed routes, 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 project manager will receive written comments on the project through June 13. Photographs and plans may be viewed at the Menifee County Courthouse or at the Department of Highways District 10 office, 473 Highway 15 South, Jackson; during the comment period.


The KY 36 relocation project is contained in the Transportation Cabinet’s Six-Year Road Plan. Once the design and location are approved, right-of-way acquisition and utility relocation are tentatively scheduled to begin next year. Construction estimates range from $5.3 million to $17.7 million, depending on the alignment chosen.


“KY 36 is an important route connecting Frenchburg to Interstate 64,” said Linda Wagner-Justice, chief district engineer. “The portion of the highway to be rebuilt is substandard for the amount and type of traffic it carries. Reconstruction of this segment will result in a safer highway for Menifee County residents. On behalf of Governor Fletcher and Secretary Nighbert, we are pleased to be involved in planning for such an important highway project for the people of Menifee County.”


Through June 13, 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.