New road planned through Fishtrap Dam area

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

Isolation could soon be ending for people in three remote areas of Pike County.

The Pike County Fiscal Court says construction will start next year on a new road that will connect Upper Pompey to the Fishtrap Dam area. That would cut drive time to Pikeville nearly in half for those communities.

More than 100 people who live in Upper Pompey, Jonican, and Hurricane have to drive more than 40 miles one way just to go grocery shopping or to the doctor.
"These people have been isolated for years," said District 3 Magistrate Leo Murphy.

Jonah Thacker, who lives in Upper Pompey, told WYMT in March that he wanted a new road from the community through the Fishtrap Dam area.
"If we had this road here, it would only be a matter of minutes to get us out. We need this road to get people in and out of here," Thacker said on March 7th.

Now his wish is coming true. The Pike County Fiscal Court says funding is approved and design plans are made for the new road.
"It's going to come about and be a great thing for the people in Upper Pompey, Jonican, Hurricane," said Murphy.

The new road will run from Upper Pompey to the Fishtrap Dam area by the RV park, which connects to US-460.
The road will only be three-fourths of a mile, but it will cut the drive time to Pikeville from 42 miles to 12 miles.

Officials say it will also make a big difference during an emergency.
"In a lot of cases, it will probably save 20 minutes for ambulances, maybe even fire response to get in the area. Every minute counts," said Doug Tackett, Pike County Emergency Management Director.

Construction will start in May.

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