Department of Highways, District 10
Repairs on KY 1096 in Perry County proceeding; plans to reopen highway are still in effect

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, August 16, 2005  
Contact Information:  H.B. ELKINS
(606) 666-8841

JACKSON, KY – (Aug. 15, 2005) -- Repairs on a closed portion of KY 1096, Avawam-Fourseam Road in Perry County, are ongoing, according to representatives of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. Plans to reopen the highway after these repairs are complete are still in effect.

The highway has been barricaded and closed to traffic between mile markers 5 and 6 since January so repairs can be made to a major embankment failure and break in pavement. The road was officially closed to through traffic several years ago, but local traffic had continued to use the road since no permanent barriers were in place.

The original timetable for the repairs was six to eight months. Although delays have been encountered in completing the construction project, the goal remains to reopen the road in a much safer condition than previously existed.

The state has no plans to permanently close this highway, according to Linda Wagner-Justice, chief district engineer for the Department of Highways District 10, which includes Perry County.

"The end result of this project will be a better, safer highway," Wagner-Justice said. "Although this is not a major through route in Perry County, we realize that it is a convenient route for residents and motorists in the area. The closure may be a temporary inconvenience, but travelers will enjoy a much better road when the construction is finished."

The construction work is being done by the coal company that is mining property adjacent to the highway.

"There was no money in the budget to repair this road, which has been officially closed for several years," Wagner-Justice said. "Without this public-private partnership, this project would never have become a reality, and the road would have deteriorated to the point where we would have had to barricade it without the hope of rebuilding it."

KY 1096 is an eight-mile-long route connecting KY 80 near Avawam, west of Hazard, and KY 15 near Fourseam, south of Hazard. The closure is nearest to the KY 15 terminus.