Department of Highways, District 10
Department of Highways District 10 launches Twitter feed

Press Release Date:  Friday, December 11, 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. — Motorists who drive in the area served by the Kentucky Department of Highways District 10 now have a new service available to keep them informed of road conditions and possible delays due to construction or inclement weather.


District 10 has launched a Twitter feed, taking advantage of the free Internet service to make pertinent travel information available in real time. Twitter can be accessed from a desktop computer or an Internet-enabled mobile phone.


“This is just another way to allow us to communicate important information to drivers in our area,” said Mark A. Westfall, chief district engineer. “Using this tool, we can make the latest news on road conditions available to travelers who can access it at any time and use the information when making travel plans.”


On a daily basis, drivers can learn if construction or maintenance activities will be taking place on the state highways they plan to use that day, and if those activities will cause travel delays. This knowledge will enable them to adjust their trips accordingly so they will not be late for important events such as doctor’s appointments.


The highway department will also be able to instantly communicate weather-related information, such as road conditions during winter storms or if roads are closed due to high water or storm debris.


District 10 covers the counties of Breathitt, Estill, Lee, Magoffin, Menifee, Morgan, Owsley, Perry, Powell and Wolfe in east-central and southeastern Kentucky.


“We hope drivers in our area will use this service to help make their travel plans. It’s just another way we can offer a benefit to the traveling public to help make their lives a little easier.” Westfall said.


Drivers can access the District 10 Twitter page at from their home computers before they depart, or on their “smart phones” while on the road. Twitter’s standard options are available to follow “KYTCDistrict10” and have reports sent to followers as they are posted.


“We prefer motorists to check our Twitter status before they leave home,” Westfall cautioned. “But if they must check for updates while they are traveling, we urge them not to do so while driving. They should either pull over to check our Twitter feed, or have a passenger check for them. We urge drivers not to be distracted from the most important task at hand, which is safely operating a motor vehicle.”


In addition to the Twitter home page, the district’s status updates are available on the agency’s home page at