OWENSBORO, Ky. (3/12/14) — Reducing traffic congestion, providing additional turn lanes, and improving pedestrian safety and “connectivity” are three goals outlined in a Kentucky Transportation Department project proposal to expand lanes along portions of Ky. Hwy. 54 presented to the public in Owensboro last night.
The plan, presented in three sections, will establish six lanes starting at Ky. 54’s intersection with U.S. 60 and continuing to Ralph Ave. Section 2, development of five lanes, starts at Ralph Ave. and ends at Water Wheel Way. The third section, divided into parts A and B, first runs from Water Wheel way to Countryside Dr. will undergo development of a “3-lane section in each direction and a two-way left turn flush median,” the plan stated. Section 3B will see turn lanes constructed at major intersections from Countryside Dr. to the end of the project area.
With more than 33,000 vehicles traversing the route between Owensboro and Whitesville daily, the plan states a need to reduce “collision patterns at intersections with Ky. 54.”
Don’t expect the work to be done any time soon, though. The recommended table for the highway plan starts with right-of-way development next year, followed by utility work in 2016 and construction in 2018.
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