Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

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February 10, 2014

State asks for public input on road improvements

GLASGOW — The Kentucky Department of Transportation is currently performing a U.S. 68 scoping study in order to make improvements to the U.S. 68 Corridor and U.S. 68 in and around Greensburg.

Monday at the Sulphur Wells United Methodist Church, a public meeting was conducted for individuals who wanted to hear the project discussions or wanted their opinions heard.

“It is your turn to give us input on why U.S. 68 is important from Edmonton to Greensburg as well as what we need to do to improve that corridor,” said Brian Aldridge, project manager of Stantec Consulting Services, to the audience.

The project is in its very early stages, he said.

“Everything we are taking about is preliminary,” he said. “We anticipate this study wrapping up about this time next year. So we are just at this point just now beginning to look at alternatives.”

The reason why the corridor project is in place is “to provide a safer, more efficient connection between Greensburg and the Cumberland Parkway by improving substandard geometrics along the corridor. The existing alignment is characterized by horizontal and vertical curvature that does not satisfy current geometric design guidelines,” said a handout provided by KYTC.

They aren’t sure whether they will completely revamp the corridor or just fix the “problem areas,” he said.

According to the handout, there were more than 60 wrecks between the parkway and the KY 61 intersection south of Greensburg.

The second project, the U.S. 68 connector, was started “to improve safety, connectivity, and mobility in and through Greensburg,” the handout stated.

According to the handout, there were about 70 collisions that occurred between the KY 61 intersection south of Greensburg and KY 61/Industrial Park Road to the north.

Jerry Waller, a resident of Metcalfe County, said the biggest area of concern is around Foundation United Methodist Church

“There’s a lot of curves over there. Those curves are very sharp,” Waller said. “There’s a hard incline where the church is. There’s a blind edge on the highway there. I have seen people miss the turns.”

Ella Lee Wilson, another resident, said she knows 68 very well, but she could see why the road curves could be problematic for people who aren’t from the area.

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