Department of Highways, District 10
Transportation Cabinet conducts public meeting on proposed project to improve KY 205 in Wolfe County

Press Release Date:  Friday, September 10, 2010  
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, Sept. 9, personnel from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Department of Highways District 10 office conducted a public meeting on proposed improvements to KY 205 in Wolfe County.


Approximately 50 residents of the area, public officials and other concerned citizens attended the hearing to view a presentation by District 10 personnel and consultants, receive information on the project, and provide their input into this proposed highway project. The project will result in the widening of KY 205, with improvements to some curves along the route.


Two alternatives are under consideration for the corridor between the Breathitt County line and the Mountain Parkway interchange at Helechawa, stretching approximately 6.5 miles. One alternative would involve widening the existing route with minor relocations of the roadway in three curves. The other alternative would deviate from the existing alignment north of Lee City to lessen the impacts to adjacent streams. Both alternatives would provide for a roadway built to a 55 miles per hour design speed and would feature two 12-foot lanes with paved shoulders. Through Lee City, curbs and gutters would be installed. The improved highway would increase sight distance, widen driving lanes, improve drainage and meet projected traffic demands from an estimated 21 percent increase in traffic over the next 20 years.


Those in attendance provided comments on the project, asked several questions, viewed design plans of the area showing the general scope of the project, and learned what properties may potentially be impacted by the project. They were also 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. 25. Photographs and plans displayed at the public meeting may be viewed at the Department of Highways District 10 office, 473 Highway 15 South, Jackson, during the comment period. 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.