Pick Your Community: | Hopkins | Muhlenberg | Daviess | Christian | Fayette | Henderson | Lakes | McCracken | Warren | Webster

KY 56/KY 81 Roundabout at Owensboro to Open Friday Morning

ky trans roundabout 300OWENSBORO, Ky. (10/30/13) – A new roundabout at the intersection of KY 56 and KY 81 in Owensboro is expected to be ready for traffic on Friday morning, Nov. 1.
 
Some finish work will continue at the site in coming weeks, according to Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 2 Chief Engineer Kevin McClearn.
 
“As a traffic control feature, this roundabout will improve safety and efficiency at this intersection,” McClearn said. “We’re placing message boards along the roundabout approaches to alert motorists to the coming switchover so everyone can be prepared.”

Roundabouts provide improved intersection safety with only eight traffic conflict points compared to 32 for a normal signalized intersection. Collisions in roundabouts tend to be side glancing hits instead of t-bone crashes associated with traditional intersections that are more likely to cause serious injuries.
 
Based on previous traffic counts, more than 13,000 vehicles are expected to travel through the roundabout in an average day. McClearn said the roundabout will be a great improvement over the old trumpet intersection it replaces.
 
“We encourage everyone who will be traveling through the roundabout to take time to become familiar with how this new traffic feature will operate,” McClearn said. “It functions on the basic principle that traffic entering the roundabout yields to vehicles that are in the roundabout.”
 
A brief tutorial on tips for driving through a roundabout can be found by Clicking Here.
 
As work continues to finish out permanent connections to the existing roadway, vehicles traveling into the roundabout will face several traffic shifts during the next month.
 
The new roundabout is located at KY 56 mile point 14.1 and KY 81 mile point 11.036 in Daviess County.
 
Yager Materials is the prime contractor on the $1.4 million project. Completion is expected in early December.

SurfKY News
Information provided by Keith Todd, KYTC

© Copyright 2014 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story by using one of the social media links below.

In Other News...

Muhlenberg Task Force on Trail of Home Invasion Suspects

MUHLENBERG COUNTY, Ky. (8/21/14) — A team of Muhlenberg's finest are on the hunt for three suspects reported to have… Read More

Muhlenberg County Investigative Task Force Launched to Solve Crime

GREENVILLE, Ky. (8/21/14) ― An armed home invasion in Greenville triggered activation of the newly-formed Muhlenberg… Read More

Most Read This Week (Site-Wide)

August 21, 2014 5676

Muhlenberg Task Force on Trail of Home…

in News by Wes Miller
August 18, 2014 4447

Man Injured in Early Morning WKP Accident

in Top Stories by Rita Dukes Smith, SurfKY News Director
August 18, 2014 4204

Owensboro Board of Commissioners…

in News by Beth Cecil
August 20, 2014 4021

Park Avenue Trespass Call Leads to…

in Top Stories by Madisonville Police Department
August 18, 2014 3989

Unlawful Solicitation

in News by Sgt. J.D. Winkler

Most Read Stories from Hopkins County

August 20, 2014 4021

Park Avenue Trespass Call Leads to…

in Top Stories by Madisonville Police Department
August 18, 2014 2707

Madisonville Man Charged for Shoplifting,…

in Top Stories by Madisonville Police Department
August 21, 2014 1973

Pedestrian Struck on East Arch Street,…

in Top Stories by Officer Ryan Clark
August 20, 2014 1687

Dawson Springs Woman Arrested for Driving…

in Top Stories by SurfKY News
August 18, 2014 1476

Madisonville Firefighters Recognized for…

in Top Stories by Rita Dukes Smith, SurfKY News Director

Most Read Stories from Owensboro

August 18, 2014 4204

Owensboro Board of Commissioners…

in News by Beth Cecil
August 18, 2014 3989

Unlawful Solicitation

in News by Sgt. J.D. Winkler
August 18, 2014 3859

RiverArtes Opening at OMFA

in News by Owensboro Museum of Fine Art
August 19, 2014 3330

Free Arthritis Exercise Program will be…

in News by Woody Maglinger
August 19, 2014 3247

Municipal Art Collection on Exhibit at…

in News by Mary Bryan Hood

Most Read Stories from Muhlenberg County

August 18, 2014 4447

Man Injured in Early Morning WKP Accident

in Top Stories by Rita Dukes Smith, SurfKY News Director
August 18, 2014 3879

Luke's Flea Market Vendors' Home Away…

in Top Stories by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News
August 18, 2014 3686

'How Dry I Was'

in Top Stories by Rita Dukes Smith, SurfKY News Director
August 19, 2014 3208

'Another One Bites the 'Duct'

in Top Stories by Paul McRee, SurfKY News
August 19, 2014 2571

Drakesboro Woman Injured When Tree Falls…

in Top Stories by Martha Clark

SurfKY News Group, Inc. Central Office & Printing Division
1125 Nebo Rd.  •  Madisonville, KY 42431  •  270.452.2249 (fax)
Main Number: 270.452.2727 (phone)  •  Printing Division Direct Line: 270.821.8600 (phone)

SurfKY Owensboro News Bureau
920 Frederica St. / Suite 210  •  Owensboro, KY 42301  •  270.683-8060 (phone)


Contact a member of our staff: www.surfky.com/contact
Copyright © 2014 SurfKY News Group, Inc.  •  Terms of Use  •  Site Map

social 03social 04social 22social 21social 06