Is land too high in Clay County? According to Kentucky's Secretary of Transportation it is.
During Thursday's Fiscal Court meeting, Judge-Executive Johnny Johnson questioned the secretary, who was in attendance, on the status of a new district highway office in Manchester.
"We've looked at land in Clay County but it's too high," he said. "We are still looking at the project though."
The state has looked at several sites for a new district highway office since former Governor Steve Beshear announced one would be constructed in 2015 during a ceremony at the district office. The Governor unveiled an artist rendition of the office to employees. He also made a similar announcement in Jackson, Ky. for a new District 10 Highway office. Construction there was recently completed and they are now occupying a new office.
Since the announcement, the Transportation Cabinet has looked at several sites with two (one across from Huddle House on Hwy. 80 and the other behind the former Clay Building Supply location at Garrard) and both failed core drill tests for compaction.
Rumors have circulated the office would be relocated to another county, but that has been denied by Senator Robert Stivers.
The highway office building in Manchester was created under Clay County native Bert T. Combs while he served as Governor.