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||Public Information Meeting Held|
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, Department of Highways, held a public information meeting on March 6, 2007 for the first design section of a new I-66 route connecting US 23 in Pike County, Kentucky to King Coal Highway in Mingo County, West Virginia. This first design section begins at Upper Chloe Creek and ends just past KY 194. The public information meeting was held from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM in the cafeteria of Pike Central High School and included a video introduction describing the project development process that led to this point.
The next steps in plan development will include better defining right of way impacts to determine which right of way and mineral rights owners will be impacted and to what extent. At the current time, no funding is available for acquisition of property or construction for this section of I-66. As plans are further developed, a timeline for those activities will be better defined.
||The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Needs Your Input!|
Concerning the Interstate 66 Appalachian Corridor
From Chloe Creek Road to KY 194 at Kimper in Pike County,
Item No. 12-66.00
Public Information Meeting
Tuesday, March 6, 2007
5:00 7:00 PM
Pike Central High School Commons Area
1901 U S Highway 119 N Pikeville, KY 41501
Informal Format (stop by anytime between 5 and 7 p.m.)
This meeting is to present to the public the latest preliminary plans that have been developed for the I-66 Section from Upper Chloe Creek Road to KY 194 at Kimper. Attendees will be invited to watch a video presentation on the Interstate 66 Appalachian Corridor project history and current status. Handouts, containing information about the project, comments sheets and displays will be available at the meeting. Representatives from the KY Transportation Cabinet will be available to answer questions. Written and oral comments will be accepted, and information made available up to 15 days after the meeting at the District Twelve Office address listed below.
Written and oral comments from this meeting will become a part of the official record for the project. Once compiled, the meeting record will be made available for review and copying only after an Open Records Request has been received and approved. All Open Records Requests must be submitted to the Office of Legal Services, Transportation Cabinet Office Building, 200 Mero Street, Frankfort, Kentucky 40622.
In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), if anyone has a disability and requires assistance, please notify Diana Elswick, no later than February 28, 2007. Please call (606-433-7791 ext 285) or mail your request to the address listed below.
Please address any questions regarding this meeting or project to:
KY Dept of Highways
Danl Hall, P.E., Executive Director
109 Loraine Street, Pikeville, KY 41501
||Pike residents get letters regarding I-66|
PIKE COUNTY—The portion of I-66 that runs through Pike County has been funded at a little more than $11 million for several years now. Another $3.66 million is in the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s draft Six-Year-Plan that is working its way through the General Assembly.
Part of the money already allocated has been used to complete a preliminary engineering study and an environmental impact study for the 30-mile stretch from US 23 south of Pikeville across Pounding Mill to the Tug Fork of the Big Sandy near Thacker, West Virginia.
Field studies and environmental work on a six-mile section from Upper Chloe to KY 194 near Kimper started this week. Residents along this proposed pathway have either received a letter from the consultants or should receive one this week. The letters explain that engineers, surveyors, and environmental consultants are in the project area.
Kevin Damron, Preconstruction Branch Manager for Highway District 12, said that “the engineers and environmental people and the surveyors that you see out and about in the Chloe to Kimper area are collecting information necessary for the final design on this section of I-66. They are also gathering data on associated environmental impacts.”
Damron pointed out that much has changed in the country since preliminary planning and environmental funds were issued by Congress for I-66. “We’ve had 9-11, the ongoing situation in the Middle East, and natural disasters, such as Hurricane Katrina, here at home. “This has caused a drain on federal funding,” Damron surmised, “and we have to remember that our national leaders are dealing with issues of critical priority right now. “I guess what we are saying is that nobody needs to get real excited. Actual construction is still years away.”
Damron said that gathering the information may include land surveying, geophysical surveying, drilling, samples, auguring, or the use of other techniques or equipment as may be necessary to complete the pre-design studies.
“This road has not yet been designed,” Damron reiterated. “Until it is, no one can say for sure whether any particular parcel of property will be affected. We will have a public meeting sometime this summer so that all the property owners in the six-mile project area can see where roadway will be so they can determine how close it is to their property.”
Damron said that when the amount of right-of-way that must be purchased is identified, a draft right-of-way plan will be submitted to Cabinet officials in Frankfort for review and approval. “We plan to hold a public meeting next summer (2007) with the proposed right-of-way boundaries for this section. But we cannot tell you right now whether or not we will be buying your house or your property, so don’t get excited. We will give you plenty of notice and keep you informed through every step of the process.”
Damron can be reached at Highway District 12, Pikeville, 606-433-7791 or toll-free 877-422-7791.
||FHWA Approves I-66 Record of Decision|
On October 27, 2003, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) approved the Record Of Decision (ROD) for the proposed Interstate 66 (I-66) highway project between US 23/US 119 south of Pikeville, KY to the King Coal Highway southeast of Matewan, WV. This approval of the ROD constitutes FHWA concurrence with the general location of the project and officially concludes the Preliminary Design and initial National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) phase of the project. The project can now be advanced into the Final Design phase, which provides for the development of project construction plans and enables the initiation of acquisition of rights-of-way and utility relocations. An official schedule for the Final Design and subsequent project phases has not yet been determined.
||Environmental Impact Statement Now Available
Now available for download and viewing is the Final Environmental Impact Statement. You can view the documents individually or download the entire copy in ZIP format. Click here to view.
||Appalachian Corridor I-66 Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) Approved|
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) in Frankfort has approved the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the construction of I-66 near Pikeville. See here for more information.
||New Vicinity Map Published|
The I-66 Appalachian Corridor Segment vicinity map is now available.
||Phase I Archeological Survey Under Way|
AMEC is under contract with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet to perform the Phase I Archaeological Survey on the preferred North to South alternate. Representatives of AMEC will be in the field investigating the entire length of this route from May 18 through late June, 2002. Survey teams will be seeking permission to enter onto private property in order to conduct this work and will attempt to obtain property owner permission before doing so.