This page contains news and information about roads and highways in Letcher County, Kentucky.
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State Begins Paving Pine Mountain Trail
Posted: 30-Jul-2006 11:18PM CDT
Contractors recently began paving part of the Little Shepherd Trail on Pine Mountain in Harlan and Letcher Counties. Some local residents have expressed opposition to the state’s plan to pave the trail: Associated Press: State starts paving over primitive trail, reignites local flap (June 13, 2006) , Lexington Herald-Leader: State stirs anger by paving trail; Opponents had been told it wouldn't happen (June 14, 2006) , Lexington Herald-Leader: Demonstrators fight paving of mountain trail; Tourist Site Has A Literary History (June 16, 2006)
Little Sheppard Trail Won’t be Paved
Posted: 10-Sep-2005 9:41PM CDT
The state has backed down from a plan to improve access to the Little Sheppard Trail by paving it. Area residents feared that the trail which winds down the spine of Pine Mountain would become a road for vehicle traffic.
Residents Urge State Not to Pave Pine Mountain Hiking Trail
Posted: 1-Jul-2005 3:45AM CDT
Topics: [Letcher County]
Area residents are concerned about the state’s plan to pave 14 miles of the Little Shepherd Trail, a “primitive” trail across Pine Mountain in Letcher County: Associated Press: Don't pave trail, residents tell Fletcher; Little Shepherd is 'just a real treasure' (May 28, 2005)
US 119 Pine Mountain Celebration Planned for April 22
Posted: 4-Apr-2005 1:23AM CDT
Local, state, and federal officials will gather in Letcher County on April 22 to celebrate improvements to US 119’s crossing of Pine Mountain. The improvements include the widening of shoulders and the addition of passing lanes on the climb up the mountain.
The day’s events will include exhibits at the Pine Mountain Grill and a 11:00am ceremony at the new overlook on US 119.
Transportation Cabinet Receives $3.1 Million for Rural Transit
Posted: 2-Mar-2005 4:18PM CST
Topics: [Bell County] [Clay County] [Clinton County] [Cumberland County] [Harlan County] [Jackson County] [Knott County] [Knox County] [Laurel County] [Lee County] [Leslie County] [Letcher County] [McCreary County] [Monroe County] [Owsley County] [Perry County] [Pulaski County] [Rockcastle County] [Russell County] [Wayne County] [Whitley County]
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has received a $3.1 million grant to fund various public transit projects in rural Kentucky counties: Lexington Herald-Leader: Transportation Cabinet gets $3.1 million (March 2, 2005)
US 23 found to be State’s Deadliest Road
Posted: 10-Jan-2005 5:19PM CST
Topics: [Boyd County] [Floyd County] [Greenup County] [Johnson County] [Lawrence County] [Letcher County] [Pike County] [US 23]
Records show that US 23 is the state’s deadliest roadway: Lexington Herald-Leader: Memorials every few miles on U.S. Highway 23 (Jan. 9, 2005)
Local Leaders Believe Recent Re-opening of US 119 to Truck Traffic Will Spark Economic Growth
Posted: 10-Jan-2005 5:16PM CST
Area leaders believe the recent re-opening of the US 119 Pine Mountain crossing to commercial traffic will spark economic growth in Letcher County: WYMT Mountain News: Community Leaders Say Re-Opening of Road Could Spark Economy (Dec. 30, 2004)
Truck Ban on US 119 Pine Mountain Lifted
Posted: 22-Dec-2004 9:03PM CST
A ban on truck traffic on US 119 over Pine Mountain in Letcher County has been modified to allow many types of truck traffic; however, some restrictions still remain: KYTC Division of Highways District 12: Truck ban lifted on Pine Mountain (Dec. 21, 2004) , Associated Press: State lifts ban on trucks traveling across Pine Mountain (Dec. 21, 2004)
Floods Ravage Eastern Kentucky Roads
Posted: 24-Jun-2004 1:28AM CDT
Topics: [Clark County] [Floyd County] [Johnson County] [Knott County] [KY 292] [Lawrence County] [Letcher County] [Martin County] [Pike County]
Heavy rains in June washed out several roads in far eastern Kentucky. Damage was so severe the Transportation Cabinet Highway District 12 was forces to halt all routine highway maintenance and refocus on emergency road repairs. Preliminary estimates are that repairs will cost $6 million.
The rain and floods also damaged roads in Clark County.
Additionally, the rains are believed to have contributed to the partial collapse of KY 292, the Huntley-Brinkley Road, along the Tug Fork in Pike County. The road was constructed by local residents nearly 40 years ago. After the area was featured on the NBC evening news with Chet Huntley and David Brinkley, television viewers nationwide sent donations to aid in the construction of the road. Local residents believe heavy coal trucks contributed to the collapse of the road.
More information: Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Highway District 12: District 12 surveys flood damage with FEMA reps (June 6, 2004) , Winchester Sun: Clark County included in request for disaster relief (June 8, 2004) , Lexington Herald-Leader: It's good night to section of Huntley-Brinkley Road (June 15, 2004) , Lexington Herald-Leader: Cause of eastern Kentucky road's deterioration debated (June 15, 2004)
Gov. Fletcher Tours U.S. 119 Pine Mountain
Posted: 24-May-2004 5:38PM CDT
Gov. Fletcher recently visited the spot improvement project along US 119 over Pine Mountain: Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 12: Governor tours Pine Mountain road project (May 14, 2004)
US 119 Truck Ban Still in Effect
Posted: 18-Mar-2004 8:41AM CST
Despite recent spot improvements to US 119 over Pine Mountain in Letcher County, vehicles over 30 feet long are still banned from the highway. The ban went into effect March 12, 2001 after a traffic study conducted at the request of the Pine Mountain Task Force.
Over Two-hundred Photographs Added
Posted: 25-Jul-2003 11:36AM CDT
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Two-hundred-and-sixty-two photographs of Kentucky's roads have been added to this website. The new photo galleries include:
Exotic Species Will Not Be Used for US 119 Re-planting
Posted: 18-Jul-2003 6:02AM CDT
When a 7.2-mile long project to widen and straighten US 119 on Pine Mountain is complete, the state will not plant non-native plant species along the road. The road is near a state nature preserve, so the state plans to take steps to preserve the mountain ecosystem.
US 119 Pine Mountain Road Work Causes Concerns
Posted: 12-Jan-2003 4:01PM CST
Local residents are concerned about the impact road work on US 119 is having on Pine Mountain in Letcher County. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is currently in the process of straightening several curves on US 119's crossing of Pine Mountain. This work is causing much more of the mountain to be stripped than local residents had expected.
The state plans to be eventually build a tunnel through Pine Mountain. The current road work is a stopgap measure until the tunnel can be constructed.
US 119 over Pine Mountain has been closed to vehicles over 30 feet for over a year because such vehicles were involved in an inordinate amount of crashes.
More information: Daily Independent: Portions of mountain stripped (Jan. 7, 2003)
Appalachian Regional Corridor Work in Eastern Kentucky
Posted: 12-Sep-2002 10:39PM CDT
The Appalachian Regional Commission (an agency of the federal government) plans on rebuilding parts of US 119 and US 460 in Eastern Kentucky. Work on US 119 between Pikeville and Belfry in Pike County is currently under way. This road will cut through 6 mountains.
The reconstruction of US 460 in Pike County is another ARC project.
ARC will also be funding a 1.8 mile tunnel through Pine Mountain in Letcher County. The two-lane tunnel will be the 3rd longest vehicle tunnel in the United States.
Upcoming Public Meetings: US 51, US 460, US 421, US 119, I-75
Posted: 7-Sep-2002 12:48AM CDT
Topics: [Boone County] [Carlisle County] [Fayette County] [Hickman County] [Interstate 75] [Letcher County] [Local Routes] [Madison County] [Morgan County] [Public Meetings] [US 119] [US 421] [US 460] [US 51]
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has announced the following upcoming public meetings:
US 119 Project May Take 20 Years to Complete
Posted: 8-Feb-2002 5:41AM CST
The Lexington Herald-Leader reports in this article that a project to improve US 119 across Pine Mountain will begin this spring; however, trucks will probably still be banned from the highway due to remaining hairpin curves. A project to construct a tunnel through the mountain is being studied, but it may take 20 years to complete such a project.
KYTC Supports US 119 through Pine Mountain
Posted: 13-Sep-2001 3:57PM CDT
This Courier-Journal article and this Herald-Leader article report that the KYTC will seek money from Appalachian Regional Commission to build a tunnel for US 119 through Pine Mountain in Letcher County.
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