Work has begun to widen the highway bridge at Neon Junction on Highway 805. It is part of an overall Kentucky Department of Transportation bridge widening project for secondary roads, and should be complete sometime this spring.
The bridge into Whitaker from 805 will also be widened.
Fleming-Neon Mayor Susie Polis said at a city council meeting Monday night she does not know how the Kentucky DOT plans to accommodate the high volume of traffic on Hwy. 805 while the work is in progress, but she said there are several ways that traffic can be rerouted while construction is ongoing.
Officials at Highway Department District 12 in Pikeville said a press release will be issued when plans for rerouting traffic are final.
Polis said the city is only responsible for rerouting its water and sewer lines to accommodate the road widening. Work is underway now to accomplish that.
In a related matter, Polis said that city workers located and fixed a major line break in Haymond. Councilman James D. Collins added that they have fixed a number of other large leaks. The city will begin Phase II of the Water Improvement
Project soon. Phase II will replace water lines and focus on distribution. The city water plant was rebuilt in Phase I.
Police Chief Mike Dingus said there was no new police activity in the city and that things have been quiet. Polis added that the Christmas Celebration the city conducted with the Seventh Sons Motorcycle Club was extremely successful.
Council member Susie Fleming reported that a project to get help from students at Fleming-Neon Middle School to re-design the city seal has not taken off and said she plans to contact the school again. The city hopes to tap into the creativity and artistic talent of the students to either create a new seal, or to revamp the existing one. The council members said they would like to see some results by April 1. The council also went into closed session to discuss a personnel issue, but no action was taken.