Department of Highways, District 7
Clark, Powell residents invited to public meeting to discuss possible Mountain Parkway connector

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, June 22, 2005  
Contact Information:  David B. Thacker
Information Officer
Kentucky Transportation Cabinet
District Seven


Clark, Powell residents invited to public meeting to discuss possible Mountain Parkway connector

LEXINGTON, KY (June 22, 2005) -- Residents of Clark 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 Monday, June 27 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Trapp Elementary School Gymnasium.

"Community leaders and residents in Trapp, Ruckerville, and Clark County have long sought improved access to the Mountain Parkway and their neighbors in Stanton, Clay City and Powell County," said Amos Hubbard, Jr., Chief District Engineer for the Department of Highways District 7. "We realize the intense local interest in this matter, so we hope all those with an interest 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 affected area before we move forward," said Bill Nighbert, acting Transportation Cabinet secretary.

Over the years, several proposals for upgrading access between Clark County and the Mountain Parkway have been discussed by local leaders. Construction of a new interchange and improvements to KY 89 are among the many options that have been previously discussed.

"Residents with opinions on these two options, 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," Hubbard 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 Lexington and Jackson district offices during that time.

A similar meeting will be held at the Estill County High School on Thursday, June 23, 2005