Department of Highways, District 10
Department of Highways District 10 launches Facebook page

Press Release Date:  Monday, December 13, 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. — The Kentucky Department of Highways District 10 has joined the rapidly growing number of government agencies with a presence on the popular social networking site Facebook.


The page, available at, provides yet another way to provide road condition information to motorists in the 10-county area served by District 10.


A Facebook account is not required to view the page, but Facebook members who “like” the District 10 page will have updates automatically sent to their Facebook home pages. Visitors can view the District 10 page on their home computers, as well as on Internet-enabled “smartphones” such as BlackBerry, iPhone and Android.


 “This is yet another way to allow us to communicate important information to drivers in our area,” said Mark A. Westfall, chief district engineer. “Using this popular Web site, we can make road condition updates, details on our construction and maintenance projects and other information available to anyone who wants or needs it at any time, be they at their home or office, or away from their computers.”


Last year, District 10 launched a Twitter page, available at, to distribute road construction and weather condition information to area drivers. The Facebook page takes that concept one step further.


“We plan to offer photos of events such as groundbreakings, ribbon cuttings and public meetings, as well as copies of our exhibits used at these public meetings, along with links to helpful information such as weather sites, press releases and news stories,” Westfall said. “Our goal is to provide as many avenues as possible to keep the public informed.”


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 our Facebook and Twitter pages to help make their travel plans. It’s just another way we can offer a free-of-charge benefit to the traveling public to help make their lives a little easier.” Westfall said.


 “We prefer motorists to check our Facebook and Twitter updates before they leave home,” Westfall cautioned. “But if they must check for updates while they are traveling, we urge them to obey Kentucky’s laws and not to do so while driving. They should either pull over to check, 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 Facebook and Twitter pages, district information is available on the agency’s home page at