Department of Highways, District 10
Estill, Powell residents invited to public meeting to discuss possible Mountain Parkway connector

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, June 08, 2005  
Contact Information:  H.B. Elkins, PIO
District 10

JACKSON, KY – (June 8, 2005) -- Residents of Estill and Powell counties are invited to attend a public information meeting to discuss possible highway improvements between the Bert. T. Combs Mountain Parkway and proposed power plants in Clark and Estill counties, as well as other possible transportation system improvements in the general vicinity.

The meeting will be held Thursday, June 23 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Estill County High School auditorium on KY 89, north of Irvine.

"Community leaders and residents in Irvine, Ravenna and Estill County have long sought improved access to the Mountain Parkway and their neighbors in Stanton, Clay City and Powell County," said Linda Wagner-Justice, chief district engineer for the Department of Highways District 10. "We realize the intense local interest in this matter, so we hope all those who might be affected will attend to learn more about this proposal and give us their opinions."

"The Fletcher administration is committed to making roads safer for motorists all across Kentucky, as well as improving access to rural communities to foster economic development. Projects such as these are vital to our state’s continued growth. Tremendous amounts of planning are required for proposals of this scope, so it’s vital that we survey the public interest in the impacted area before we move forward," said Bill Nighbert, acting Transportation Cabinet secretary.

Over the years, several proposals for upgrading access between Estill and Powell counties have been discussed by local leaders. Construction of a new route from Irvine to the Little Hardwicks Creek area and improvements to KY 82 and KY 89 have been two frequently mentioned options.

"Residents with opinions on these two suggestions, or who have other recommendations, will be able to give us input and help us shape this proposal to provide maximum benefit for the area," Wagner-Justice said.

The public meeting will begin with a brief presentation at 5 p.m., followed by an open exhibit area where officials from the Transportation Cabinet will be able to answer questions and receive public input. There will also be a 15-day public comment period after the meeting, and exhibits will be available at the Jackson and Lexington district offices during that time.

A similar meeting will be held at the Trapp Elementary School in Clark County on Monday, June 27.