Department of Highways, District 11

Press Release Date:  Monday, November 05, 2007  
Contact Information:  Sandy Rudder
Public Information Officer
Department of Highways, District 11
Railroad Avenue, P.O. Box 250
Manchester, KY 40962
Joel Holcomb TEBM for Planning

Manchester, KY (November 5, 2007) – Efforts to define specific improvements to 5th Street in London take the first important step forward next week as consultants and state employees will hold a public information meeting at London’s Community Center to hear ideas from local citizens.
According to Mike Calebs, Executive Director of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s District Eleven Office in Manchester, residents, business operators, and others who use 5th Street are invited to attend the meeting and express their opinions.  “We are conducting an alternatives planning study to examine the need for, and reasonable solutions to, improving 5th Street in the City of London between KY 192 and Main Street”, Calebs said.  
At this time, the Kentucky Six-Year Highway Plan only contains funding for the planning phase of this project.  “The study will collect existing condition data and forecast this information twenty years forward to quantify future deficiencies”, said Joel Holcomb, Transportation Engineering Branch Manager for Planning. “Alternative improvement concepts will be presented to the public and their preferences solicited. Then, cost estimates for the recommended alternative(s) will be prepared so that future project development phases may be considered for inclusion in the Six-Year Highway Plan.”  
 State employees and personnel of the consultant will be available, Tuesday, November 13, between 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. to meet with local citizens one-on-one or in small groups to hear their concerns and their preferences.  “While there will be a short presentation at 5:30, the purpose of this public meeting will be to listen and answer questions”, added Sandy Rudder, District 11 Public Information Officer.  “We urge anyone with an interest in transportation improvements on 5th Street to attend this meeting.” 
The 5th Street project is an effort to improve safety, ease traffic flow, and support economic development while being sensitive to historic preservation efforts in London.  The planning study is scheduled to be completed early next summer. The London Community Center is located at 529 South Main Street.