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February 5, 2013

Informational meeting Local residents get a look at Kentucky 90 reconstruction project

2-6-13 —    Nearly 100 local residents attended a public informational meeting on Tuesday, January 29 to view proposals for the reconstruction of KY 90 from its intersection with Old Mill Springs Road to the bridge at mile  point 19.5.

    Three alternates are being considered for the improvement project, affecting property owners along that stretch of road, which includes the Zollicoffer area. Members of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet were present to answer questions and to accept comments from residents in the area.

    Maps of the alternates were laid out across the tables and were also displayed on boards, giving people the chance to compare the proposals. Two of the proposed reconstruction plans stay fairly true to the current route of KY 90, with both including widening of the road. A third proposal actually bypasses a portion of the current roadway, with construction of a new road behind the area that is most heavily populated.

    That is the option that affects the least parcels of land, according to comments made by state transportation officials during the session. Only 25 pieces of property are affected in that proposal, while the other two would affect at least double that number.

    But the third proposal also requires more new road construction than the other two, bringing total construction costs to about $5.6 million. Overall it has the lowest total estimated cost at $8.5 million. That is because of savings in relocating utilities, as well as the number of parcels of property affected.

    Property owners who attended the meeting last week had differing ideas of which is the best scenario.  Ray Turner, who operates a business along that area of KY 90, does not want traffic to be rerouted on a bypass that travels away from his business. A nearby homeowner favored the third proposal because he did not want to lose a significant portion of his front yard to the widening of the existing roadway.

    Harlan Ogle voiced his concerns to Transportation Cabinet officials about the historic property near the West-Metcalfe House that could be part of new road construction. The property is a significant part of Civil War history, and newspaper accounts from that time indicate that soldiers who died in the area of the home are buried near the site.

    Comments from the public were welcomed during the meeting and they will be accepted through February 28, according to Jami West, Environmental Coordinator with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.  

She noted that a decision will be made some time after the comment period has closed.

    As for a timetable for this reconstruction project, officials indicated that depends on available funding. They are uncertain when any final decisions will be made.

    Anyone who would like to comment may do so in writing to: Tom Clouse, P.E., Branch Manager for Project Development, KYTC-District 8, P.O. Box 780, Somerset, Ky. 42502.


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