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Plans to upgrade Magoffin County road undergo public review

By: Tanner Hesterberg Email
By: Tanner Hesterberg Email

SALYERSVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) - Big changes could soon be coming to one stretch of road in Magoffin County.

Transportation officials want to upgrade U.S. 460 in Salyersville from the Mountain Parkway to the intersection of Kentucky 114.

"We'd be eliminating a lot of the current entrances along that route and replacing them with a series of frontage roads and signalized intersections," Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 10 spokesman H.B. Elkins said. "Which means fewer conflict points for vehicle crashes."

The proposal calls for 460 to be widened from two lanes to four.

"It's obviously an economic generator," Elkins said. "The economic benefit of having a four-lane corridor has been long-discussed for Eastern Kentucky. It's one of the initiatives that came out of the SOAR summit in December."

People got the chance to look over the proposed changes at a public meeting Thursday night at Magoffin County High School.

Some folks who live near 460 expressed concerns that widening the road would change the routes they take to and from their homes.

Paul Gasparac has lived in Salyersville 65 years and thinks the project will benefit the area.

"We've been needing it for a long time, really," Gasparac said. "The traffic flow has gotten more congested. We drive to Lexington all the time and it's getting more and more congested. So we definitely need a four-lane highway and I think it will make it a lot safer."

Construction cannot begin until the General Assembly approves the Transportation Cabinet's six-year highway plan.

For information on submitting questions and comments on the plan, call (606)-666-8841.

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