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US 119 Pine Mountain Road Work Causes Concerns
Posted: 12-Jan-2003 4:01PM CST

Local residents are concerned about the impact road work on US 119 is having on Pine Mountain in Letcher County. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is currently in the process of straightening several curves on US 119's crossing of Pine Mountain. This work is causing much more of the mountain to be stripped than local residents had expected.

The state plans to be eventually build a tunnel through Pine Mountain. The current road work is a stopgap measure until the tunnel can be constructed.

US 119 over Pine Mountain has been closed to vehicles over 30 feet for over a year because such vehicles were involved in an inordinate amount of crashes.

More information: Daily Independent: Portions of mountain stripped (Jan. 7, 2003) [Outside Link]

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Comment posted by ANNA MIRACLE 119 COLDIRON, KY. on 17-Feb-2004 4:30AM CST
I HAVE LIVED IN HARLAN CO. MOST OF MY LIFE AND TO BE EXACT AT THE SAME ADDRESS FOR THIRTY THREE YEARS AND THE ROAD FROM HARLAN TO PINEVILLE IS GOING TO BE A BOTTLE NECK .NO ONE IS GOING TO USE THIS TWO LANE HIGH WAY WHEN THEY ARE BUILDING FOUR LANES AROUND US ON THE KY,SIDE AND ALSO THE VA. SIDE. DO YOU KNOW OF ANY PLANS IN THE MAKING NOW TO BUILD A FOUR LANE IN OUR NECK OF 119 BETWEEN HARLAN AND PINEVILLE KY? OUR COUNTY IS IN NEED OF SOME HELP WITH ALL THE DOPE AND WHISKY AND ANY OTHE UNLAWFUL THING CAN BE THOUGHT OF. WE NEED HELP AND I AS WELL AS OTHERS THINK THIS WOULD BE A START. I HAVE WRITTEN HONORABLE HAL ROGERS AND GOV. FLETCHER BUT HAVEN'T GOTTEN AN ANSWER THANK YOU FOR YOUR WORK TO GIVE ME A CHANCE TO SPEAK FOR THE PEOPLE ON 119. AND YES I AM VERY MUCH REPUBLICAN. ANNA MIRACLE
 
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