Looking to reinstate a major road project that would widen Hwy. 15 through much of southeast Kentucky, state Rep. Fitz Steele met Thursday with Transportation Cabinet Secretary Mike Hancock and state Rep. Leslie Combs, who chairs the committee in the Kentucky House of Representatives that oversees the state’s highway plan.
“I’m very optimistic that we can get this project back on track,” said Rep. Steele, D-Hazard. “Both Sec. Hancock and Rep. Combs understood the importance of getting this done as soon as we can.”
Steele noted that the project – which would four-lane the highway through Perry, Breathitt and Wolfe counties – had been removed during the administration of Gov. Paul Patton. “It’s time we get it back in, because the need for this widening is more apparent than ever. We need a four-lane road from our region to Lexington.”
The proposal will be considered during the 2014 Regular Session, which begins in January.
“I promise to do all I can to make sure that it is included, and that we have a timeline we can count on,” he said.