Department of Highways, District 10
Corridors for possible KY 715 improvements unveiled during Wolfe County public meeting
JACKSON, KY – Approximately 130 Wolfe County residents and local officials attended a public informational meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 7, concerning possible improvements to KY 715 in Wolfe County. Those attending the meeting at Rogers Elementary School were given information on the proposed project by representatives from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and Wilbur Smith Associates, the cabinet’s engineering consultants.
The meeting was the second one held as part of a planning study currently underway to discuss possible improvements to the KY 715 corridor between KY 11 near the Lee County line and the Mountain Parkway at Pine Ridge. Seven corridors have been identified that include possible new alignments for KY 715 and improvements to the existing route. An alternative including spot improvements to specific locations along the route was also presented, and the option exists for a “no-build” alternative that would involve no improvements or reconstruction.
Those in attendance had the opportunity to view displays outlining the corridors and to inspect information relating to the highway, including environmental, traffic count and crash data along the existing KY 715 alignment. They also were provided comment forms on which they could express their opinions on the project.
Following the public input period, a decision will be made about whether to proceed with one of the identified corridors, spot improvements to the existing road, or the “no-build” option. Once this decision has been made, specific alternatives within the selected corridor will be identified if the project moves from the planning study phase to the design phase.
Officials stressed at the meeting that no decisions have yet been made on how to proceed. Available funding will play a major role on whether or not the project progresses beyond the planning phase.
At the current time, no additional funds are available for design or construction. If the project progresses beyond the planning phase, funds will have to be appropriated by the General Assembly.
The project manager will receive written comments on the project through Oct. 31. Photographs and information may be viewed at the Department of Highways District 10 office, 473 Highway 15 South, Jackson, during the comment period, or on the Internet at http://www.planning.kytc.ky.gov/projects/projects/dist10/ky715/ky715.asp. Maps, informational sheets and comment forms are available at that site.
More public meetings will be held in the future once decisions are made on how to proceed, at which time additional public input will be solicited concerning possible alternatives within the selected corridor.