Curve with dozens of crashes causes concern
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has a plan in place to reconstruct a curve on Kentucky 1286/North Friendship Road at the Seneca Lane intersection.
Many people in the area say the road is unsafe. Nicholas Davis, who lives off Seneca Lane, says he has to stop traffic every time he turns onto his street.
“I've lived here for the past year now, and I think I've encountered six wrecks in that corner,” Davis said.
KYTC plans to make improvements to the 3 mile stretch from U.S.45 to U.S. 62.
Funding is scheduled for 2017. So, construction for realignment of the road and additional right of way wouldn't happen until at least July of 2017.
The only way it could be sooner is through the community voicing their concerns to legislators to move the project in next year's funding.
Those legislators would be:
Representative Richard Heath (R) Work: 270-247-2210
Representative Gerald Watkins (D) Annex: 502-564-8100 Ext. 634
Senator Danny Carroll (R) Home: 270-703-8025
The new road plan goes through the legislative process starting in January. KYTC spokesman Keith Todd said "If there is high interest in this project our local legislators can seek to move construction funding into the 2016 budget year that would start July 1, 2016."
The state has a lot of projects to review for funding each year and not all make it.
State crash history shows at least 60 crashes in this area in the last five years. Forty-five of those involved property damage, 15 involved injuries, but no deaths.
“Wet or rainy, any type of bad weather condition its almost impossible to see somebody coming or stop in time when you don’t see them crossing the road,” Davis said.
One thing neighbors say could help is cutting the trees near the curve, because it's sometimes difficult to see the cars going around the corner.
“You have to inch up there just enough to see around the trees but not get into the other lane,” Davis said.
Reports show almost 9,000 cars travel this area every day but, when you do the math, that amounts to less than 1 percent of those cars getting into crashes in the last five years. So, again, it's up to people see if they can push the project up.
Judge executive Bob Leeper was part of a senate committee that helped get funding for the design of this reconstruction plan.