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House plan would allot $64 million to Letcher



A two-year $4.5 billion road plan being debated in the Kentucky General Assembly includes almost $64 million for Letcher County, with much of that going to the U.S. 119 relocation in the Cumberland River area, says 94th District Rep. Leslie Combs.

Another $8 million would be used to ease traffic congestion in and out of KY 805 in Jenkins, Combs said.

In addition to seven bridge replacement projects, $1 million of the money would be spent to resurface “South East Road” at Tolson and $790,000 would be spent on a safety improvement project in downtown Whitesburg at the junction of Main Street and East Main Street at the foot of School Hill.

“ Early last week, the House sent to the Senate a comprehensive $4.5 billion road plan for the next two years,” said Combs. “It features several major projects having statewide interest, from improving I-65 to continuing work on new bridges in Louisville and on the boundaries of Land Between the Lakes.”

In addition to the four projects already mentioned, the rest of Letcher County’s road money would be spent on bridge replacement projects scheduled for completion by the end of 2016. They are:

• Blackey (Steel Bridge Road);

• Kingscreek ( Pacies Branch), Fleming (over Wrights Fork near Haymond Hill Road);

• Isom (over Rockhouse Creek at Race Track Hollow);

• McRobert s ( over Wrights Fork near Masters Drive);

• East Jenkins (on CS- 2026 over Elkhorn Creek);

• Millstone ( Nick’s Branch Road near junction with KY 1862), and

• Ermine (over North Fork of the Kentucky River on KY 2034)

“As chair of the House Budget Review Subcommittee on Transportation, I have had a direct hand in writing the road plan, which has given me a much better appreciation of what it takes to maintain and expand Kentucky’s highways,” Combs said.



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