Department of Highways, District 10
Transportation Cabinet conducts public hearing on proposed widening of Mountain Parkway in Wolfe, Morgan and Magoffin counties

Press Release Date:  Friday, August 28, 2009  
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 Thursday, Aug. 27, personnel from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Department of Highways District 10 office conducted a public hearing on the proposed widening of the Bert T. Combs Mountain Parkway to four lanes along a 17-mile stretch through Wolfe, Morgan and Magoffin counties.


Approximately 175 residents of the area, public officials and other concerned citizens attended the hearing at the Lakeview Church of God in Magoffin County to view a presentation by District 10 personnel and project consultants, receive information on the project, and provide their input into this proposed highway project. The project will convert the existing two-lane undivided Mountain Parkway between Exit 57 in Wolfe County and Exit 75 in Magoffin County into a four-lane divided highway. Plans also call for reconstruction of Exits 57, 60 and 72, building a new exit at Middle Fork Road, and converting the existing at-grade intersection with KY 134 near mile marker 67 to a grade-separated interchange.


Those in attendance provided comments on the project, asked several questions, viewed aerial photographs of the area showing the general scope of the project, and learned what properties may potentially be impacted by the project. They also were given the opportunity to provide oral statements to a court reporter to be placed into the record and provided comment forms on which they could express their opinions on the project.


The project manager will receive written comments on the project through Sept. 11. 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.


Following the closing of the public comment period, KYTC personnel will compile an environmental impact assessment and complete phase I design of the project. No schedule has yet been developed for final design, acquisition of property needed for right-of-way, relocation of utilities or construction, and these activities have not yet been funded by the General Assembly.


Through Sept. 11, 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.