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KYTC officials hold meeting on proposed road work to US 60 in Carter County

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet - District 9

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet engineers have come up with some ways to make US 60 safer in Carter County. Officials are having a meeting Thursday, December 7 to answer questions about the proposed changes.

Allen Blair is spokesman for Kentucky Division of Highways District 9. Blair said the stretch of road up for consideration is a mile-long section between the reconstructed Rock Crusher Curve and the I-64 interchange at Pleasant Valley.

“Along the same route of the highway, now we have options and plans that we could do that will improve the safety, as well as widening the travel lanes and just adding some benefits. We also have some cross-country options where we might take the roadway in a different direction and line it up with the newly improved part near Rock Crusher Curve,” said Blair.

Blair said feedback from locals will help officials determine which plan best suits the needs of those living in the area.

“It’s important that we improve this highway to help those communities, help those people who rely on the highways to get to work, to get to school, to get to their friends and loved ones houses. So, it’s an important highway for us to maintain, as well as look to the future to see what improvements we can do to benefit not only the traffic now but also what we might need to do for future traffic,” said Blair.

Blair said this is only an initial step in what could become a years-long process. Comment sheets will be available at the meeting at the Carter County Career and Technical Center in Olive Hill on Thursday. The open house-style meeting is from 5-7 p.m. with a brief project summary tentatively scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Statements will be accepted through January 7, 2024.