Major Waterway Clean-Up Planned

Last month, flooding washed trash into waterways in several parts of our region.

They say a picture says a thousand words and when state officials saw a picture of the Levisa Fork in Johnson County after flooding last month, they were speechless.

“We don't want these unsightly piles of trash floating down the Levisa Fork to be an image that remains in everyone's mind,” Stan Cave said.

Those who saw it in person say it wasn't just trash but refrigerators, basketball, almost anything you can think of.

“Just unbelievable unless you were there to see it happening during the high water,” State Representative Hubert Collins said.

Representatives from the governor's office and the transportation cabinet announced plans for a clean-up saying if it isn't taken care of, it will hurt the environment.

Transportation officials provided money for several road projects in Johnson, Martin, and Magoffin Counties.

Several highways will get safety improvements and guardrails will be put up next to roads next to a 100 foot or more drop off.

“You can imagine if a school bus is on there and they go over, you can imagine what kind of a problem we'd have.”

State transportation officials provided millions of dollars for the projects.

The largest project announced is a four-point-seven dollar project to change the intersection at Rt 3 and 645 in Martin County.

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