Industrial park nearing completion

Kelsey Gerhardt Staff Writer

October 8, 2013

More than three miles of paving has been completed leading into the Pineville Industrial Development Park and several roadsigns have been added, according to information presented during the Pine Mountain Regional Industrial Development Authority.

A few feeder roads were also paved while still remaining within the budget, according to information presented Thursday.

This road construction was split into five tracts which have been piecemeal constructed over a period of 12 years.

The bridge, sometimes referred to as the “Bridge to Nowhere,” was completed in 2003 and connected the main road to several of the mining roads that run adjacent to the park.

The other tracts include the addition of turning lanes on U.S. 119 to improve safety and grade draining at the park. The construction segments were paid for by state funding from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and the addition of $1.5 million from federal funding.

The final two additions necessary for park completion include running water and electricity to the park.

Engineer and land surveyor Clint Goodin of the Pine Mountain Regional Industrial Development Authority said he believes on-site sanitation would be the best choice for the park.

Also discussed at Thursday’s meeting was bringing a plant that turns coal-to-diesel and coal-to-jet fuel to the Pineville area.

Reach Kelsey Gerhardt at 606-248-1010 ext. 204, kgerhardt@civitasmedia.com.