Road Project Receives Funding

Governor Ernie Fletcher was in Pikeville Friday and he brought money for a road project that officials say is more about economics than driving.

Highway department officials say around 37,000 cars a day drive on Thompson Road, but the road isn't safe enough to handle that kind of traffic and city residents believe past deadly accidents prove it.

Mayor Frank Justice and others wanted to change the road, so they formed a plan to widen the road and add more lanes.

After years of planning, it will finally happen. Friday afternoon Governor Fletcher gave them a check for more than four million dollars to pay for the project.

Pike County officials say the project will do more than just improve safety, they hope once it's done, it will attract new businesses to the empty land.

Developers believe the end of this road will be a beginning of a promising economic future.

Governor Fletcher also brought checks for the Pikeville Police Department and the Westcare Drug Treatment Facility.


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