- Associated Press - Monday, December 22, 2014

PIKEVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Public comments so far have been favorable toward a proposal to increase development on the Kentucky side of Breaks Interstate Park.

The park encompasses about 4,800 acres on the Kentucky-Virginia border and is supported by both states.

Park officials are getting public comments on a proposed master plan that calls for a Kentucky gateway, road improvements, trail shelters and additional campsites.

Park Superintendent Austin Bradley told The Appalachian News-Express (http://bit.ly/1weuLgZ) that several people who spoke at a recent meeting held by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation favored the plan for more development on the Kentucky side.

“There were no negative comments,” Bradley said. “There was a lot of appreciation of the recognition of the need for development on the Kentucky side.”

He says the most-raised issue was a lack of access to the park in Kentucky.

“I think the idea was to link, with a road and a bridge, the section at Carson Island in Elkhorn through Potters Flats to the rest of the park,” Bradley said. “A third of the park is located in Kentucky, from 1300 to 1500 acres. There’s really not much access to that. We need to create access to Potters Flats and Pine Mountain. The meeting served to emphasize and highlight that; it’s something we really need.”

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Information from: Appalachian News-Express, http://www.news-expressky.com

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