Department of Highways, District 11
US 421 Bridge named for Transportation Cabinet Employee, Barry G. Hobbs
State and Local officials gathered this afternoon at the US 421 bridge over KY 1566 (Bobs Creek) in a ceremony to name the bridge for a former Transportation Cabinet employee who was fatally injured in an auto crash on February 11, 2003. The ceremony, held at the Bridge site, was emceed by Highway District 11 Chief District Engineer Greene L. Keith who welcomed everyone attending the ceremony.
“It takes a very special person to have a structure such as this named after them” said Marcelyn Mathews, State Highway Engineer, “Mr. Hobbs must have been such a person for his fellow employees to request this bridge be named for him.” Ms. Mathews presented a framed copy of the Official Order naming the bridge the “Barry G. Hobbs Bridge” to Mr. Hobbs parents.
Employees in the Harlan County Resident Engineer’s Office requested the Harlan County Fiscal Court to name this bridge over Bobs Creek, KY 1566, in Hobbs honor. The Harlan County Fiscal Court approved the request by resolution to the Transportation Cabinet and the Official Order was granted. The new US 421 was being built at the time of Mr. Hobbs death and this was one of the projects he worked with.
Mr. Hobbs was employed with the Transportation Cabinet on June 1, 1992. He transferred to the Highway District 7 office in Lexington, February 1, 1999 and returned to District 11, June 16, 2002.
Mr. Hobbs parents, Claude and Margaret Hobbs, assisted Mr. Keith in unveiling the sign which was installed immediately following the ceremony.