PIKE COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - It is a project some Pike County officials have been pushing for years, and now they say it can finally get started.
They say two state routes leading to Phelps are too dangerous for drivers, but state officials have found one million dollars that can be used to help fund a project to make it safer.
Officials say stretches of KY-194 and KY-632 are too narrow and curvy for all the traffic that travel them, but they say now they have a huge portion of money that will help fix that.
One million dollars, to be exact, that they say can be used to help widen both Route 194 and Route 632.
"This million dollars is not enough to do our project, but it'll help get it started," said District 5 Magistrate Hilman Dotson.
It is a project he has been hoping would happen for years.
He says with factories and coal mines lining the roads, it is especially dangerous for drivers having to share them with large trucks.
"When you get an 18-wheeler coal truck you've got to kindly swing in and out of the curves to be able to get around them," said Dotson.
The money was originally allocated for the Interstate 66 project which has been up in the air for nearly a decade, but it was recently decided by state officials that the money sitting for that project could be transferred and used for this instead.
"We have so many people have accidents and have a lot of people that have been killed there," said Dotson.
They are hoping this will save some of those lives.
Officials say they are not sure when any work will get started, but they say they are anxious to get the process going.
County and state officials will be meeting later this week to decide when work can begin.