KEVIL, KY — Traveling through Kevil, Kentucky, you’ve probably driven on what they call “dead man’s curve,” on U.S. 60.
John Summers has opened several businesses, from gas stations to home improvement stores. He knows how important local businesses are in small communities.
“This is the lifeline of our county, these small businesses.” Summers said.
Nineteen businesses could be affected if they completed the project.
“I’d like the road to come in where we can all benefit from it,” Summers said. “Not take our small community away from us.”
A lot of businesses want to open up on highways to get maximum traffic.
“There’s a lot of people who buy property on highways, because they want that visibility.” Summers said.
Although owners of businesses along the highway are concerned, it’s important to point out that the application for this extension has been denied. That allows the state to review other possible options.
“Down through Ballard County, they can go over on another road and direct it not going through our towns, but direct it to Paducah to Wickliffe,” he said.
Kreg Denton has been working in Kevil for years. He said he believes safety comes first.
“One of those corners is dead man’s curve. That’s the nickname the county has given it,” Denton says. “And it’s called that for a reason.”
The narrow curve has caused several wrecks. The project would straighten it out.
“Over time, there have been several deaths, several injuries, because like I said, it’s a narrow road and a sharp corner.” Denton said.
Tractor-trailers and school buses pass through daily, and those drivers need to be extra careful.
Denton says to look at the big picture; a four-lane extension could bring more business in.
“Think big. We’ve had a series of meetings the past few months, trying to grow Ballard County and the economic development, and that’s to me a good infrastructure, and a good four-lane road through a third of the county I think would help.”
During last Monday’s fiscal court meeting, the application was denied by officials, but the state can still take action.
If the project does continue, both McCracken and Ballard counties would have to pay $250,000.