Whitesburg KY

Local official says road help promised at Frankfort meeting

Letter to the Editor:

To the Editor:

During my visit to Frankfort last week for “Legislative Day,” I was honored to be able to sit down and have a meeting with Kentucky Transportation Secretary Greg Thomas and Deputy Secretary Paul Looney.

We were able to discuss the tremendous concern our citizens have expressed about the poor road conditions throughout Letcher County. I took several photos and videos along to show the magnitude of the current road conditions. I explained that we have had several accidents and that many of our citizens have incurred costly damages to their vehicles because of the poor road conditions. We discussed how improving our roads could bring a positive effect not only to us at home, but to visiting companies that may consider locating here in our county.

In order to illustrate our road conditions, I placed a 20-ounce Pepsi bottle in a pothole along US 119 and provided the photograph for them to view. This photo is a reference to what our citizens are trying to maneuver around while driving on one of our highly traveled roads.

Secretary Thomas and Deputy Secretary Looney were very welcoming and showed great concern about our situation. We all agreed that repairs are desperately needed.

We live in a wonderful area in these mountains and the beauty is unmatched. Our people here in Letcher County deserve equally maintained infrastructure that allows us the same opportunities as anywhere else in our great Commonwealth.

Magistrate, District 5

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