Department of Highways, District 10
Public meeting on proposed project to relocate KY 30 in Owsley County draws 175 participants
JACKSON, KY – On Thursday, Nov. 4, personnel from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Department of Highways District 10 office conducted a public meeting on the proposed relocation of KY 30 in Owsley County.
Approximately 175 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 construction of a new route for KY 30 between Travellers Rest and Levi, and is part of a long-range plan to construct a new highway between I-75 in Laurel County and the Mountain Parkway in Wolfe County.
Two alternatives are under consideration. One alternate is approximately 6.0 miles long and utilizes a new route between Travellers Rest and Vincent, then roughly parallels existing KY 30 between Vincent and Levi. The other alternative is approximately 5.2 miles long and roughly parallels existing KY 30 between Travellers Rest and Vincent, then utilizes a new route roughly following Brushy Creek and Quillin roads to intersect KY 11 near Levi. An alternative northern terminus has also been proposed that would extend KY 30 into Lee County and intersect KY 11 just north of the Lee-Owsley county line. The segment between Travellers Rest and Vincent can be interchanged with either alternate.
The proposed route would consist of two 12-foot lanes with 8-foot shoulders, with truck climbing lanes where necessary. Both alternatives would involve the reconstruction of a bridge across Little Sturgeon Creek at Travellers Rest.
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 Nov. 19. 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.