Public Meeting Information

PIKE COUNTY, KENTUCKY
AND
MINGO COUNTY, WEST VIRGINIA


FROM US 23 TO PROPOSED
KING COAL HIGHWAY


KENTUCKY TRANSPORTATION CABINET
DEPARTMENT OF HIGHWAYS

DIVISION OF HIGHWAY DESIGN


JUNE 20, 2001
11:30 AM TO 3:00 PM
MATEWAN HIGH SCHOOL

5:00 PM TO 7:00 PM
BLACKBERRYCOMMUNITY CENTER

JUNE 21, 2001

11:30 AM TO 3:00 PM
KIMPER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

5:00 PM TO 7:00 PM
SHELBY VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL
PURPOSE OF MEETING
The purpose of this meeting is to present information regarding four proposed alignments from US 23 in Pike County to the proposed King Coal Highway and to enable the public to make comments concerning a preferred alignment. Individuals will be assisting in alignment location from two perspectives. First from a corridor perspective, whether they want the alignment to:

Start in the North Corridor - End in the North Corridor Start in the North Corridor - End in the South Corridor Start in the South Corridor - End in the North Corridor Start in the South Corridor - End in the South Corridor

Secondly, there are currently two alignments in both the North and South Corridors. Individuals will be asked to fill out a questionnaire to provide insights into which alignment within each corridor they prefer.

The Federal Highway Administration, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, West Virginia Department of Transportation, and the Consultants will have personnel available to answer questions and discuss the project with you.





PROJECT PURPOSE AND NEED STATEMENT
  1. To Open New Economic Development Opportunities in Pike County and Mingo County because of their low per capita income, high unemployment rates and poverty rates, and on-going emigration;
  2. To improve accessibility to government services, higher education, employment, retail / shopping and medical, dental and legal services;
  3. To improve east-west connectivity to the National Highway System as recognized by the United States Congress in 1995;
  4. To improve safety for the traveling public through reduced travel and an improved roadway;
  5. To increase tourism opportunities to Fishtrap Lake, Grant Branch Recreation Area, Breaks Interstate Park, R. D. Bailey Lake, significant historic landmarks related to coal mining towns and Hatfield / McCoy Feud (i.e., Stone and other towns along Pond Creek and the Blackberry Creek area in Kentucky, and Thacker, Newtown and Meador in West Virginia), and cities and towns in the region that would generate additional revenue for the regional economy; and
  6. To provide an important link in the Kentucky Portion of the Southern Kentucky Corridor (I-66) by closing a major gap in the east-west arterial system through southeastern Kentucky. This segment of I-66 from US 23 south of Pikeville to the proposed King Coal Highway has independent utility since currently there is no east-west roadway connection in southern Pike County that provides access to the National Highway System. This priority section of I-66 would provide this connectivity and much more direct travel opportunities than the present substandard facilities. It will provide an East-West direct link between two North-South major arterials, i.e., US 23 in Pike County, Kentucky and the proposed King Coal Highway in Mingo County, WV.

DESCRIPTION OF PROJECT
The area being studied runs from a point on US 23 south of Pikeville, Kentucky in a northeasterly fashion across Pike County, crosses the Kentucky/West Virginia border, and extends for 5 miles into Southwestern Mingo County.

The Kentucky section of I-66 will have an interstate-type design, with a typical roadway section consisting of four traffic lanes-two in each direction, separated by a median-and a 70 mph design speed. The section in West Virginia will be a bit different. Since it is being designed as an expressway, it will feature a median width of 40 feet and a design speed of 65 mph.

SUMMARY
The description above is part of an ongoing effort by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet to improve the highway system in Eastern Kentucky. The project is now in the phase to gather public input on these preliminary alignments. All comments are welcome.

QUESTIONNAIRES AVAILABLE
Project representatives are available to answer questions you may have about this project. You are encouraged to complete the online questionnaire. Thank you for helping us better understand the needs of the community and how this project may affect your individual and family needs.



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