The Pikeville Cut-Through is an engineering marvel and a unique example of cooperation among agencies on a federal, state and local level. It is one of the country's largest and most spectacular engineering feats. The New York Times called it "the eighth wonder of the world".
The Pikeville Cut-Through Project officially began in November 1973 and was completed nearly 14 years later and was considered one of the largest land removal projects ever completed in the western hemisphere by the Army Corps of Engineers, second only to the Panama Canal.
The Pikeville Cut-Through was the brainchild of former Mayor William C. Hambley and was conceived to rid the town of Pikeville, KY from the frequent flooding that plagued the city.
In the end, the Levisa Fork of the Big Sandy River, CSX Railroad tracks, US Highways 23, 119 and 460 and KY Route 80 were diverted around the town and through the channel created by the Cut-Through.
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1) How many cubic yards of rock were removed?
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3) How wide, long and deep is the cut-through?
4) How much new usable land was created with the rock and dirt removed from the site and deposited in the former riverbed and nearby?
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