Future of Highway 38

By: Melissa Etezadi Email
By: Melissa Etezadi Email

Harlan County officials and community members meet to discuss the future of Highway 38.
As of right now ... the highway is still closed near Evarts due to a musdlide... but there is a rough, one lane, gravel alternate route.
The recent weather has made the alternate route even worse than it already was. Community members at the meeting are calling for the state to do something.

"I've lived up here in the same place for fifty one years ... and this has been a continuous problem especially during the winter time ... early spring" explains long time resident Larry Cornett. But this slide has affected more than just his driving ability. "I have no phone service ... they tell me the slide is not responsible for my phone service but since the slide that is when it's happened."

Tammy Russell, a Harlan County resident as well, is asking for state lawmakers to make a move. "We are part of kentucky ... we may be here in the mountains of Harlan county ... on Kentucky 38 but we are still tax paying citizens we are not asking for a bucket of money ... we are asking please help us with our roads that is all we are asking."

Local officials say they will reach out to state lawmakers and ask them to meet with community members about the issue.

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