Officials proceed with road construction plans in Pike Co.
Pike County Judge-Executive Wayne T. Rutherford, District 93 Rep. W. Keith Hall and District 5 Magistrate Hilman Dotson are working to connect the Phelps area and give them access to the rest of the region by proposing a coal-to-road project. The fiscal court unanimously passed a declaration of emergency in regard to routes 194 and 632, which run from Johns Creek to Phelps, because of the numerous traffic accidents occurring on the road. Pike County Office of Energy and Community Development Director Charles Carlton also said he sees the coal-to-road idea as the only way a road could be constructed. The current economic downturn makes the coal-to-road idea more feasible than the conventional way of building a road.