Department of Highways, District 10
Transportation Cabinet Conducts Public Informational Meeting on Proposed Reconstruction of Mountain Parkway Exit 18 in Powell County
JACKSON, KY (Dec. 14, 2007) -- On Thursday, Dec. 13, personnel from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Department of Highways District 10 office conducted a public informational meeting on the proposed reconstruction of the interchange of the Mountain Parkway and KY 1057 at Exit 18 in Powell County.
Approximately 20 residents of the area and other concerned citizens attended the meeting at the Clay City Elementary School 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 add two ramps to the existing interchange, allowing for full access to and from the Mountain Parkway. Presently, ramps only allow westbound Mountain Parkway traffic to exit, and drivers can only enter the eastbound Mountain Parkway.
Four alternatives are under consideration. They vary chiefly on their impacts to the existing Mountain Parkway bridges crossing the Red River just west of the interchange, and in the design of the ramps.
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 project manager will receive written comments on the project through June 13. Photographs and plans may be viewed at the Department of Highways District 10 office, 473 Highway 15 South, Jackson, during the comment period.
The Exit 18 project is contained in the Transportation Cabinet’s Six-Year Road Plan. Construction estimates range from $2 million to $4.3 million, depending on the alignment chosen. Once the preferred alternative is selected, sometime early next year, another public meeting will be scheduled at a later date to inform area residents of the specifics of the project and the chosen route. Construction is not expected to begin until 2009 or later.
Through Dec. 28, 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.
Corbett Caudill, left, KYTC District 10 design engineer and project manager for the Exit 18 reconstruction project, showed a diagram of one of the alternatives under consideration to Powell County Judge-Executive Darren Farmer, right, during the Dec. 13 public meeting on the proposed project.