JACKSON — Approximately 50 people attended a public informational meeting held Oct. 29 in Perry County concerning proposed improvements to a 1.24-mile segment of KY 15 north of Hazard.
Attendees viewed a presentation by personnel from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s Department of Highways District 10, along with project consultants. Those attending provided comments on the project, asked several questions and viewed maps of the area showing the properties to be impacted. They were also provided comment forms on which they could express their opinions on the project.
A project is under development to widen KY 15 from the northern end of the Hazard bypass to a point between the Morton Boulevard and Crawford Mountain Road intersections. The new road will be widened to four lanes, with a truck climbing lane on the northbound side from Combs Road to beyond Morton Boulevard. The traffic lights at Perry Park Road and Morton Boulevard will be replaced with grade-separated interchanges with “right-in, right-out” ramps. In addition, the Combs Road interchange will be reconfigured and a new bridge built to cross KY 550/KY 80 and the North Fork of the Kentucky River. A concrete barrier wall will separate the northbound and southbound lanes.
Right of way acquisition and utility relocation is currently authorized and funded. Construction is scheduled to begin in 2018, contingent upon funding by the Kentucky General Assembly.
The project manager will receive written comments on the project through Nov. 12. Photographs and plans displayed at the public hearing may be viewed at the Department of Highways District 10 office, 473 Highway 15 South, Jackson, during the comment period. Comments on the project may be addressed to: Darren Back, P.E., project manager; Kentucky Department of Highways, P.O. Box 621, Jackson, KY 41339.