Intersection with history of crashes closed for safety improvements

MCCRACKEN COUNTY, KY — An intersection south of Paducah with a history of crashes will be closed for several weeks while crews work on safety improvements.

The intersection of Husbands Road and Clarkline Road has had 18 reported crashes, including seven with injuries, over the past few years, according to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. But, based on how often the guardrails had to be replaced, there were likely other crashes at the intersection that went unreported.

There were another 16 crashes on Husbands Road that were not at that intersection — including 11 between the intersection of Hardmoney Road and Kreb Station Road, and five at the S curve near Kreb Station Road.

Because of the crash history in that 3-mile section of Husbands Road, it was chosen for a federal Highway Safety Improvement Program project.

Under the $1.68 million plan, crews will be straightening the curve on Husbands Road at the Clarkline Road intersection, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet spokesman Keith Todd says. Crews will also make the intersection of Husbands Road and Clarkline Road more T-shaped, rather than its current Y shape, to increase visibility.

The intersection was closed Monday so crews could begin making those improvements. The closure is expected to last about four weeks. During the closure, drivers can follow the detour signs and travel on Oaks Road, which is also KY 450. Clarkline Road  will have a dead end sign at the intersection of Old Mayfield Road, which is also KY 994, until the current phase of the project is finished.

After that, crews will widen the shoulders and improve the cross drains along the rest of Husbands Road in the project area. The entire project is expected to be completed by Jan. 15, 2019.

James Cole, who has lived at the intersection of Husbands Road and Clarkline Road for more than 30 years, says he’s seen numerous crashes there, including a driver who crashed into a pond right outside his home. “The lady crashed her car with the baby in it, and I had to go down the steep embankment, get inside the car upside down, reach into the back and pull the baby out of the back seat,” Cole recalled.

Even though crews are making safety improvements, Todd says drivers still should act responsibly when behind the wheel. “We do need for people to pay attention and do their part once we get this reopened in the new alignment,” Todd says.

Steve Brawner, who lives near the intersection also says drivers should slow down.

“My neighbor Kim over here, she’s got grand kids that play out here in the yard. And I’m worried that they’re going to chase a ball out here sometime, and somebody comes screaming through here and run those kids over,” Brawner says.

Todd says there are two other local Highway Safety Improvement Program projects in west Kentucky, including one on U.S. 60 in the Rosebud Hill area of Crittenden County and another on U.S. 641, north of Hazel in Calloway County.

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