The National Guard Armory in Harlan will be the site of one of a series of public information meetings scheduled by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet to discuss a study of possible locations for an improved highway connecting Harlan and Hazard.
The Cabinet has scheduled meetings at three points along the stretch of U.S. 421. The others will take place in Hazard and Hyden.
The purpose of the meetings will be to inform the public of the planning study, discuss various environmental and technical issues concerning the area under consideration and solicit ideas and opinions that will help the Cabinet make decisions about the study.
Each public meeting will have a brief presentation at 5 p.m. followed by an open exhibit area where officials will be prepared to answer questions and receive public input.
The exhibits will outline the project area and describe the potential environmental and engineering impacts.
The poor condition of the current road has become a hot topic over the last several months.
At a June ceremony to mark the renaming of the road in honor of former WYMT-TV anchor Tony Turner, Hazard Mayor Bill Gorman publicly asked Secretary of Transportation James Codell when construction might begin on a new highway.
Codell replied that a study is in progress and the actual work might not begin for another decade or more.
The meetings will be held Tuesday in Room 208 of Hazard Community College; Thursday at the Nixon Center Gym next to Leslie County High School in Hyden; and Aug. 26 at the National Guard Armory in Harlan.