KYTC seeking roadway input for long-term plan

January 24, 2013

Frank Lewis

PDT Staff Writer

Allen Blair, Information Officer for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, Department of Highways District 9, says his department has been receiving responses to the KYTC’s planning survey, especially from the Ashland-Greenup and Maysville areas. In fact, Blair said they have received nearly 4,000 responses. But he reminds area residents it is still not too late to have a say concerning the 20-year plan survey to help plan the strategy for an improved system.

Blair says if you know what the state of Kentucky should be doing to improve its roads for the future, you should participate in an online survey to help them update the Kentucky Long Range Transportation Plan.

In determining the transportation needs for all areas of Kentucky over the next two decades, the updated plan will consider changes in communities, freight movement, financial resources, economic development, rural and urban transportation, the environment and other transportation issues that are impacting residents of Kentucky.

Acording to KYTC officials, the process of updating the Kentucky Long Range Transportation Plan has begun and the new plan will be an overarching policy guide with goals, objectives and strategies to address the core transportation opportunities and challenges facing residents across the state.

“A strong transportation system is vital to a strong economy and key to maintaining a high quality of life for Kentucky residents and those who travel through the state,” Transportation Cabinet Secretary Mike Hancock said. “This long-range plan currently in the works is the perfect way to establish our transportation focus for the next two decades.”

As part of the planning process, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has designed and will widely distribute a confidential public survey to gauge the transportation expectations of all those who travel the state.

The “Your Turn” survey will run through Feb. 25, and consists of 19 questions concerning demographics, transportation needs and desires, and funding options. Some of the survey questions include, “In 2035, what will be our transportation needs for Kentucky?” and, “Will our focus be on maintaining and improving existing roadways, constructing new roads, or issues concerning other modes of transportation?”

The survey is available in electronic and hard copy form in English and Spanish, and a link to that survey and other transportation information can be found by visiting www.transportation.ky.gov and clicking on the “Your Turn” survey link. A direct link to that survey is also available at yourturn.transportation.ky.gov. That direct link will also provide compiled survey results in late 2013 as well as other information throughout the update of the Long-Range Plan.

Paper surveys are available at KYTC highway district offices; area development district offices; Metropolitan Planning Organization offices and at the Transportation Cabinet Office Building, 200 Mero St., Frankfort, Kentucky. You can also call 502-564-3419 weekdays from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. for information or to request a survey.

Frank Lewis may be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 252, or at flewis@civitasmedia.com