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KYTC to Host Public Meeting for KY 801 Improvements in Rowan County

Times Leader

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) plans to widen KY 801 between the MMRC industrial park and KY 158 in Rowan County, and will hold a public meeting next week to discuss the project and seek comments.

The open-house style meeting will be held 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 14, at the Morehead Conference Center on First Street in downtown Morehead. The public may visit at any time to view road project information and provide feedback.

The project will rebuild KY 801 from the MMRC John Will Stacy Business Park to the KY 158 intersection to address the highway’s current deficiencies and improve its overall safety, mobility and connectivity for the region’s increased development and traffic demands.

The proposed work closely follows the existing road from the south end to near Ellington Loop. From there, there are three options for the new road to follow.

Alternate designs and plan sheets will be presented at Tuesday’s meeting – where everyone may view options, ask questions, and provide comments on handout sheets. There will be a brief 5- to 10-minute project overview tentatively scheduled to start at 5:30 p.m.

Representatives of KYTC and their consultants, Palmer Engineering and HMB, will be available to receive comments and respond to questions.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, attendees must wear protective face coverings and practice social distancing. A virtual option will be offered to anyone that does not feel comfortable attending in person.

For more information about the project, visit Kentucky801.com. For questions, or to ask about the meeting or to request accommodations for a disability, contact the Kentucky Department of Highways District 9 project manager, Blake Jones, P.E., in Flemingsburg at (606) 845-2551.

(provided by Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, District 9)

Paul Hitchcock earned his Masters in Communications from Morehead State University and Bachelors in Radio-TV/Psychology from Georgetown College. A veteran broadcaster for more than 40 years and an avid fan of blues, jazz and American roots music. Hitchcock has been with WMKY since 1986 and was named General Manager in 2003. He currently hosts "Muddy Bottom Blues" (Fri., 8pm-9pm), "Nothin' But The Blues" (Sat., 8pm-12am), "Sunday Night Jazz Showcase" and "Live From The Jazz Lounge" (Sun., 8pm-9pm) and "The Golden Age of Radio" (Sun., 2pm-3pm). He also serves as producer for "A Time For Tales" and "The Reader's Notebook."
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